90pc of missing people found last year
16 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Nine out of ten people reported missing last year in Belgium have been found, federal police said on Thursday.
16 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Nine out of ten people reported missing last year in Belgium have been found, federal police said on Thursday.
Police said 1,078 people were reported missing last year, 90 percent of whom have been found. One in eight of them was found dead, primarily by suicide.
About 100 people have not yet been found and police suspect that some choose to remain missing. Others commit suicide where their bodies will not be found.
The number of criminal abductions remains is small and police commissioner Alain Remue said murders are most often committed by culprits known to the victim.
He stressed that there is a minimal number of unsolved murders and the few cases that do go unsolved attract intense media publicity.
Federal police said the majority of people reported missing are aged 13-18. Twice as many girls than boys go missing in this age group.
Remue said the higher number of missing teenage girls is due to the fact that parents report girls missing more quickly then they do boys.
Most runaways have problems with their love life, at work or at school and an equal number of boys and girls aged under 12 are reported missing.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news