National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678)
      (hotline and child pornography tipline)
703-274-3900 (business number)
703-274-2220 (fax)
800-826-7653 (TDD)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, nonprofit organization that operates under a congressional mandate through a cooperative agreement with OJJDP. NCMEC's mission is to assist in the location and recovery of missing children and to prevent the abduction, molestation, sexual exploitation, and victimization of children. One of NCMEC's primary activities is its 24-hour multilingual hotline and child pornography tipline. NCMEC's CyberTipline ( allows parents and children to report sexual exploitation by submitting an online form that is reviewed by an Exploited Child Unit information analyst and submitted to law enforcement including the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. NCMEC also provides a wide range of free services to law enforcement, including technical case assistance; leads/sightings and information dissemination; photograph and poster preparation and rapid distribution; age-enhancement, facial reconstruction, and imaging/identification services; informational analysis; database searches; educational material and publications; and training.

Stephanie Crane Stephanie Crane
Missing from Challis, ID,
10/11/93 at age 9; currently age 15.
Nonfamily abduction.
Photograph is age-progressed to 11 years.
Shakeima Cabbagestalk Shakeima Cabbagestalk
Missing from Dillon, SC,
7/22/93 at age 10; currently age 16.
Nonfamily abduction.
Photograph is not age-progressed.
Kimberly Chichester Kimberly Chichester
Missing from Ramseur, NC,
8/9/98 at age 12; currently age 13.
Endangered runaway.
Photograph is not age-progressed.
Reuben Blackwell Reuben Blackwell
Missing from Clinton, MD,
5/6/96 at age 3; currently age 7.
Endangered missing.
Photograph is age-progressed to 6 years.
Derrick Engebretson Derrick Engebretson
Missing from Bonanza, OR,
12/5/98 at age 8; currently age 9.
Endangered missing.
Photograph is not age-progressed.

The Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center at NCMEC is a national training program that promotes awareness of FBI and other Federal resources that assist law enforcement agencies investigating missing children cases. The following courses are offered: Chief Executive Officer Seminars, which focus on broad coordination and policy concerns, comprehensive response protocols, liability issues, Federal resources, and the new National Crime Information Center (NCIC) flagging system; Responding to Missing and Exploited Children, which provides detailed information on lead and case management, child homicide solvability factors, the impact on victims, and Federal resources; and the NCIC Control Terminal Officer (CTO) Course, which trains State CTO's with regard to the NCIC flagging system and available Federal technical assistance.

NCMEC also coordinates child protection efforts with the private sector and provides information on effective State legislation to ensure the protection of children.

Please note: NISMART 2 uses different titles than does NCMEC to categorize missing children. NCMEC's "Endangered Missing" category corresponds to NISMART's "Lost and Involuntarily Missing."


Second Comprehensive Study of Missing Children
Juvenile Justice Bulletin    ·    April 2000