Children whose chronological age is in the range 1 to 16 years and who have had a history of normal development. If the child’s history of development has not been normal then another category might be more appropriate, for example Developmental Problems or Psychological Illness. Find Out More

By Terrain

Male Female Other Total
Crag / Broken Ground 5 2 2 9
Farmland 21 10 3 34
Moorland / Upland 11 4 4 19
Not Specified 2 0 0 3
Plantation (dense) 5 4 0 9
Urban 29 24 3 56
Water Margin 6 1 0 7
Woodland / Parkland 5 6 0 11
Total: 84 51 12 148

By Outcome

n %
Unhurt 120 81.1%
Minor Injury 5 3.4%
Unknown 18 12.2%
Fatality 4 2.7%
Serious Injury 1 0.7%

Children were significantly different from the other categories in the study in all respects. More children were found unhurt, and fewer were either found injured or not found at all. There was no discernible gender difference or difference between different types of terrain.

By Location Found

n
Habitation 73
Linear Feature 5
Not Found 6
Open Ground 16
Travel Aid 32
Trees 11
Water 5

There was no discernible gender difference. There were, however, significant differences between terrain types relating in particular to the likelihood of the missing child being found in a building.

Distance From IPP (Km)

10% 0 Km
20% 0.1 Km
30% 0.4 Km
40% 0.5 Km
50% 1 Km
60% 1.1 Km
70% 2 Km
80% 3 Km
90% 8 Km
100% 132 Km

There was no significant difference between the distances travelled by children and all the other categories. However, there was a significant difference between the distances travelled by children missing in terrain described as farmland compared with children missing in all the other types of terrain. There was no discernible gender difference.

Possible Scenarios

Based on the information given above for this category, some of the following comments will probably occur in the most likely scenarios for missing dementia sufferers. In practice, the search manager should not rule out other plausible scenarios.

  • the missing person is likely to be found alive (82% of incidents)
  • for incidents in farmland, females are most likely to be found on a travel aid (42%) or in a building (26%); males are equally likely (29%) to be found on a travel aid or next to a linear feature, or in a building (20%)
  • in urban areas, the missing person is most likely to be found on a travel aid (36%) or in a building (29%)
Category Information from 2011 Study

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