Parents are encouraged to take 25 minutes todayto talk to children about safety, and Kennewick police have planned an annual event to help provide parents with safety information.
The Take 25 Event is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex. Police will have displays with police and fire vehicles set up and hand out information to help parents teach their children about safety, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Past events have seen about 200 to 400 children and adults in attendance, he said.
May 25 was designated National Missing Children's Day in 1983 by President Ronald Regan to mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Etan Patz, a New York City 6-year-old. Each administration has honored the annual reminder to make child protection a national priority, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
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Etan has never been found, but his case has been in the news recently as investigators renewed their search for him. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that a former convenience store worker confessed to luring Etan from a school bus stop in 1979 and choking him to death in a basement.
Pedro Hernandez, 51, of New Jersey, was arrested for murder after he reportedly gave a signed confession, the AP said.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 children each day. Of that, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members, for which the primary motive is sexual, NCMEC said.
Each year, 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions -- they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
For tips on how the keep kids safe, go to www.take25.org.
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; email@example.com