Four out of five missing persons reported are kids in Manitoba care and most are Indigenous

The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – Police in Winnipeg say that four out of five missing persons reports they receive are about young girls in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services.

The numbers are in a report prepared for the police board.

The report says city police get an average of 550 missing persons reports a month.

Just over 80 per cent are about kids in government care and 71 per cent are girls.

Another police report prepared for the board shows the top 19 missing persons locations are all CFS facilities.

Federal government statistics show Manitoba has the highest number of missing persons reports per capita in Canada.

“Habitual/chronic” missing persons account for almost 70 per cent of all 709 reports between April and June, the Winnipeg police report stated.

“The vast majority of missing persons reported are short-term chronic runaways,” the report said. “Most are vulnerable Indigenous youth who are in the care of Child and Family Services.”