WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Even though city leaders have repeatedly said they haven’t seen an increase in missing persons cases in the nation’s capital, it continues to be a hot topic. With many people, including celebrities, using hashtags like #dcmissinggirls.
“And I think a lot of us in the community came together after this really became a national issue and said what can we do, not to fuel the flames. Not to fuel the hysteria, but to really have a positive impact on our young women,” said Markus Batchelor, who represents Ward 8 on the State Board of Education.
Although social media is being used as a tool to increase awareness, Batchelor says it also has some downsides.
“There’s a lot of false information going around and we know that some of the information has been exaggerated, but we also know that one missing person is one too many,” said Batchelor.
Police are still searching for ten teens, who were reported missing this year. That list includes boys and girls.
Click here to see a list of current missing cases.
On average, more than 2,000 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. each year since 2012.
“We should have had an interest in it a long time ago, but what I will say now is now that there is this increased focus, we know that 2,000 missing person cases is just far too many. We know that 523 missing casesso far this year is far too many,” said Batchelor.
Batchelor will join other community members at 3:00 p.m. at Ballou Senior High School on March 27, 2017.