Runaway vs. non-family abduction

It often happens that a young girl chooses to run off with an older (usually of age) boyfriend. In most cases, when this occurs the NCMEC lists the girl as a runaway and says she “may be in the company of an adult male.” Not always, though. Some of these girls are classified as abducted, and I’m not sure why. It seems to be like a completely random thing.

I thought it might have to do with age. Not so: Janet/Janeth Munoz, who wasn’t even twelve and a half, is listed as abducted on the California DOJ database but as a runaway with the NCMEC. Nor do the authorities have had to issue a warrant for the girl’s boyfriend: there is apparently no arrest warrant out for Reyna Alvarado-Carrera‘s boyfriend. Chioma Gray is listed as endangered missing, neither abducted nor a runaway, in spite of the fact that her boyfriend has a slew of warrants out for him connected to their flight. On the other hand, Diana Gonzalez, who is missing under very similar circumstances, is listed as a non-family abduction. What gives?

Go figure.

4 thoughts on “Runaway vs. non-family abduction

  1. Lisa August 18, 2009 / 12:24 pm

    I often wonder that too.

    I called and asked NCMEC one time about some classifications. Like what is an “Endangered Runaway?” They said that means the child is in danger of gang involvement and the like.

  2. forthelost August 18, 2009 / 1:13 pm

    Chioma Gray used to be listed as abducted.

    I think NCMEC considers all runaways endangered due to their minor status.

    • forthelost August 18, 2009 / 1:14 pm

      And in the header I’m pretty sure you mean “non-family abduction.”

      • Meaghan August 18, 2009 / 1:48 pm

        Oh. Right. *sheepish* Will fix.

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