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Title: Child Abduction: Aged-Based Analysis of Offender, Victim, and Offense Characteristics in 550 Cases of Alleged Child Disappearance
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:44  Issue:3  Dated:May 1999  Pages:539-553
Author(s): Monique C. Boudreaux Ph.D.; Wayne D. Lord Ph.D.; Robin L. Dutra M.S.
Corporate Author: University of Georgia
Dept of Psychology
United States of America

US Federal Bureau of Investigation
Office for Victim Assistance
United States of America
Date Published: May 1999
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
US Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC, 20535
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study reviews age-based analyses of offender, victim and offense characteristics in alleged child abductions.
Abstract: Previous studies on child abduction suffer from limited geographical scope or fail to base predictive analyses on victim characteristics. This study reports the results of a nationally representative sample of 550 cases of alleged child abduction obtained from Federal Bureau of Investigation files for the period 1985 through 1995. Both offender and offense characteristics varied significantly according to victim age, gender, and race. Such differences appeared critical to crime reconstruction, criminal profiling, and investigative resolution. Additionally, these data suggest that current child abduction prevention programs may emphasize inaccurate offender traits. The developmental victimology profiles described in this study could benefit law enforcement and forensic professionals, particularly at the onset of an investigation where the only information consistently known is the victim’s age, gender, and race. Providing law enforcement with sound, predictive case typologies could facilitate more rapid case resolution, while increasing preservation of physical evidence. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Child Abduction; Child victims; Forensic sciences; Homicide; Kidnapping; National crime surveys; Offender profiles; Offense characteristics; Statistics
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