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Missing Kid Monday: Search for hundreds in Virginia

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

More than 700,000 children go missing in the United States each year.

That's equivalent to a child going missing every 40 seconds. Thankfully, most are successfully returned home, but there are others who disappear. Some get widespread attention, while may vanish without many taking notice.

The turning point in the search for missing children came decades ago, when Adam Walsh disappeared from a Florida department store in 1981. He was later found murdered, but his death inspired change.

Adam's father, John Walsh, launched America's Most Wanted and three years after Adam's death President Ronald Reagan created the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

NBC12 has partnered with the center to shed light on the hundreds of missing children in Virginia, including Alexis Murphy, who as of this coming Sunday will have been missing for one year. Murphy's murderer is now behind bars for life, but her body has never been found.

While the Walsh and Murphy cases made headlines, hundreds of other cases are much less visible. In fact, the NCMEC lists more than 300 missing children in Virginia alone. Some have been missing for decades, leaving authorities with only images of what they may look like today and leaving families with only the faint home they will one day return home.

Click here to look at photos of missing Virginia children: http://bit.ly/1znJOtg

If you can help find any of these children call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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