Number of Missing Children Increases in Summer

Number of Missing Children Increases in Summer

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Sandra Yi ReportingThe number of children reported missing in Utah goes up in the summer. Some of those children return home within hours. Others have yet to be found.

News Specialist Sandra Yi talked to a woman whose daughter has been missing for more than a week and was last seen on her way to the TRAX station at 33rd South and West Temple. She is one of many teens reported missing every day.

Dana Tallman, Mother of Missing Teen: "She just absolutely vanished."

Seventeen-year old Lindsey Motley disappeared without a trace. She was last seen on her way to work nine days ago.

Dana Tallman now spends her days distributing and posting fliers of her daughter. Her biggest fear is not knowing. Lindsey, who was recently in drug rehab ran away a year ago. But this time Tallman says things were good. Lindsey was two weeks shy of moving out of a girls' home and in with her mother.

Dana Tallman: "The probability of people, not just teenagers falling off the wagon are greater than none and it's understandable. But when you see absolutely no sign of that happening, it's pretty scary."

Lindsey is just one of many missing children in Utah.

Dana Tallman: "It doesn't matter if your child is a runaway. It doesn't matter. They're missing. They're missing from your lives, they're missing from your homes and they need to be found."

According to the Utah Missing Person's Clearinghouse, the number of children reported missing goes up in the summer.

Gina McMahon, Utah Missing Person's Clearing House: "They're not in school and they're extending their hours, staying out later, doing things later with their friends."

The Clearinghouse is a resource for law enforcement and families. The Clearinghouse can help parents with resources to look for their missing children. In the past two years, it has helped find more than 40 children. McMahon says parents should never give up hope.

Dana Tallman: "They're children. They're children that don't have any idea what they're doing out there."

If you have any information on Lindsey Motley or any missing person you're asked to call police.

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