Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Cédrika Provencher of Trois-Rivières. And if over the ensuing decade incidents of children being abducted by strangers have repeatedly made headlines and received heavy media attention, they nevertheless remain relatively rare, according to statistics compiled by the RCMP.
Cédrika’s story did not end well. Her remains were found by some hunters in December 2015 and no one has ever been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
But as horrible as these cases are for parents, most children who go missing are found, and usually quite quickly. RCMP statistics for 2016 show that 59 per cent of missing children reports were closed within 24 hours and, in 92 per cent of cases, within a week of the file’s being opened.
In Quebec, 31 children under four years old were listed as missing in 2015, 33 in 2016 and seven so…
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