Note: FBI data on abductions by a stranger in a single year is 332.
Fact Checker: 58,000 children ‘abducted’ a year: yet another fishy statistic, March 17, 2015
By Glenn Kessler
A frustrated reader wrote The Fact Checker concerning a statement that had appeared during a NBC Nightly News report on Jan. 16: “According to the FBI’s latest study, more than 58,000 kids were abducted by non-relatives in one year.”
The reader had written to the network complaining about the use of the statistic, with copious research about its failings, but had never received a response. So he asked The Fact Checker to call attention to the misuse of this statistic, as we had recently done on such claims as women having only 10 percent of worldwide income or that 1,800 college students die a year from “alcohol-related causes.”