Police in one of the largest cities in the United States have reported a disturbing uptick in missing children for the month of May, with roughly two a day going missing.
Authorities in Cleveland, Ohio said that in just a two-week span in the month of May, nearly 30 children have disappeared.
They are unsure if the disappearances are related to gang activity, human trafficking, or some other unrelated issue.
They speculated that a majority of the cases are runaways but warned that teenagers are susceptible to predators who are like ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’, particularly while they are running away from their parents.
It will make it even more difficult for concerned citizens to locate missing minors due to a lack of photos on social media and in pages devoted to finding them.
“Unless someone knows that person, then we’re not going to have any luck.” Said one law enforcement officer in the Cleveland area.
The uptick in missing children followed a series of arrests in Northeast Ohio for human trafficking.
Ten people were arrested in the human trafficking sting in North Olmstead, Ohio, which is just a half-hour west of Cleveland.
A non-profit executive and middle school teacher were included in those arrested.
To leave tips for police on missing persons in and around Cleveland, call 216-623-7697 or email email@example.com.
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Almost 30 children were reported missing in the Cleveland area over a two-week span at the start of May, which is something a local police chief said he has not seen in his 33-year career.
Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy, who also serves as the board president of the volunteer nonprofit Cleveland Missing, told Fox News Digital that the number of 12- to 17-year-olds reported missing has remained at unprecedented levels throughout the month.
“There’s always peaks and valleys with missing persons, but this year it seems like an extraordinary year,” said Majoy, who heads a police department in a suburb just outside of Cleveland.
“For some reason, in 2023, we’ve seen a lot more than we normally see, which is troubling in part because we don’t know what’s going on with some of these kids”