PROVO, Utah - A new report has placed Washington among the top five states in the nation with the most missing persons per capita.
The data was recently released by home security company Vivint, which details a current total of 643 open cases of missing persons in the Evergreen State.
Those numbers are spread throughout Washington’s 39 counties but are weighted towards the state’s more populated regions like the Puget Sound area and the Spokane Valley.
Across the United States, more than 600,000 people go missing each year, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and roughly two-thirds of those individuals are age 21 and under, according to the National Crime Information Center. The list even includes infant children who are less than 12 months old.
Vivint’s report details that approximately 60 percent of the current missing persons cases in the U.S. involve a male subject, while about 40 percent involve a female.
Statistics regarding why people go missing are altogether impossible to quantify, however, by definition, a missing person is categorized as someone whose whereabouts are unknown regardless of circumstance and can include those have gone missing either voluntarily or against their will.
There are numerous government agencies which maintain databases detailing photos and information about current missing persons cases, including nationally through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and regionally via the Washington State Patrol.
Washington ranked fourth among the states with the most active missing persons cases per Vivint’s study, placing them behind only Oregon, Arizona and Alaska for the highest number of cases in the nation.