Jun 29, 2016 3:26 PM

Fewer child kidnappings ending in victim's killing, UNH research shows

The Associated Press

DURHAM — New research shows that the number of children kidnapped by strangers and acquaintances hasn't significantly changed but fewer children are being killed by their abductors.

According to Foster's Daily Democrat, the report from the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center summarizes the results from the third National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children on abductions of children by strangers and slight acquaintances.

Researchers compared the 2011 findings on stereotypical kidnappings with results from the second study in 1997 that featured data from police departments in more than 400 counties across the country.

The comparison shows the number of abductions of children remained virtually the same. But in 2011 a smaller portion of those incidents ended up in victim killings.

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