Spread the word about missing children

Thousands of children disappear without a trace every single day and, although the majority of them returns home and reunites with their families, there are still many missing boys and girls out there waiting to be found.
Recently I came across an information of one child reported missing in Europe every two minutes. According to International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, every year approximately 20.000 children are reported missing in Australia, 45.000 in Canada, 96.000 in India, 45.000 in Russia, 460.000 in USA... 
This is absolutely the saddest and most terrifying statistic I have ever heard of. 

Stories about children who vanished and their families living thereafter in constant uncertainty followed by eternal hope have always made me feel both sad, angry, annoyed and helpless at the same time. My thoughts were: ‘’Wish I could do something…’’, but I never did anything about it. Until today. Deeply touched and intrigued by Zachary Bernhardt’s disappearance, I just could…

Forget Me Not

The forget-me-not flower is the symbol of International Missing Children's Day
I picked up these at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
25 May has been commemorated as International Missing Children's Day since 2001 and it is dedicated both to the children who have been found and to those who still are missing. The purpose of honoring this day is also to remind the public about the growing problem of missing children all over the world and to encourage the global community get involved as much as possible.

May 25 has been chosen for a reason.

Etan Patz, the missing ''milk-carton kid'', moved the mountains without ever knowing it
On this day back in 1979 six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school and the Police started a massive search using bloodhounds.
Etan's father, a professional photographer, used Etan's photos for the missing-child-flyers posted all over the New York City. The boy's photos were also projected…

Use ''404 - Page not found'' to help missing children

If you run a blog/website of any kind, you can customize your ''HTTP Error 404: Page not found'' to spread the word about missing children.
Please take a look at this smart tool. I have just found it and implemented it in 2 minutes.

You visit Not Found, submit your website and they will provide you with a code you need to customize your 404-page (they will also thank you with a backlink).
Each time your 404-page loads, instead of boring ''Page not found'' message, basic data and a photo of a missing child will be published.
Sometimes data/photo of an older person will appear and these alerts refer to ''cold cases'', respectively children who have been missing for years and whose photos have been edited by ''aging software'' to give en impression of how they might look like now.

How to customize your ''404 - page not found'' in Blogger:
*Thank you Elaine - XOmisse for instructions*

Get your code at a…

Missing: Zachary Bernhardt

Eight-year-old Zachary Bernhardt vanished literally without a trace some 16 years ago so he is not a little child anymore, but he is still someone's child and he is still missing. Everything I found out about him, about his childhood and his controversial disappearance touched me deeply and inspired me to start this blog.
For these reasons my first post about missing children is dedicated to him. 

On September the 11th 2000 at 4:47 a.m. Zachary's mother Leah Hackett (now Hanson) contacted the Police in Clearwater Florida and reported her son missing. The Police started the usual procedure shortly after her call. Despite the massive investigation with dozens of people involved, nobody could ever figure out what happened to Zachary that night or where he is now. 

According to his mother, the evening before mysterious disappearance Zachary was watching TV with her until he fell asleep around 11.00 p.m. when she carried him over to her own bed.
Mom could not sleep but read a book, wat…

What to do if a child goes missing?

There is NO waiting period for reporting missing children under 18
Contact the Police immediately to report your child missing and provide them with as many informations as possible: your child's name, age, height, weight, medical condition, identification marks, circumstances of disappearance, most visited places, phone number, list of friends, social media accounts, recent photo...

Stay calm and start searching where your child was last seen. Check for dangerous places nearby, f.ex. water areas.

Get your family, friends and neighbours to help you search. 
Keep your phone available for incoming calls so your child can get in touch with you anytime; use another phone to stay in touch with other people. 

Share information through social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.

Look for clues that may tell you what has happened, including phones, emails, social media, diaries, notes etc. Check phone bills and pay attention to any unfamiliar phone numbers. Go to your child'…