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When kids go missing, what do you do?

MARION, IL (KFVS) - It's a staggering statistic. But according to the U.S. Department of Justice an estimated 2,185 kids under 18, are reported missing each day in America.

Police say one of the first things you should do if your child becomes a victim of an abduction is call them.

"You call 911 immediately," said Marion's Assistant Chief of Police Daniel Byrne.

"The sooner you make the call the better chance we have of recovering your children in a safe condition."

And when you do begin searching for your child after calling police, there are a few things you need to do.

"The best thing to do is try not to move too much around the house so you don't disturb any evidence if there is some sort of foul play," said Assistant Chief Byrne.

One other thing police say can help them with finding your child is to have recent pictures of your kids.

"The more information you can give us on a child the better."

"We carry pictures of our children with us at all times, me and my wife both do," said Jim Rann of Harrisburg.  "And we've got them all finger printed, just in case."

Police also ask parents to describe the clothes their child was wearing when they saw them before they were abducted.

"It's hard to remember what my kids  wearing in the morning when I dress him," said Katie DUrham of Sturgis, Kentucky.

"Because he changes clothes periodically, all of my three kids do. It's hard I don't know what I'd do if I was ever put in that situation."

While any child can be abducted police say the older they get the more likely they are to be taken against their will.

"It's rare when it's a very small infant, toddlers on into teenagers is where you get more abduction cases," said Assistant Chief Byrne.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that more than 75 percent of all children who are abducted are taken by a family member. 

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