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Missing Child Defined (Indiana Code 10-13-5-4)

  1. is, or is believed to be:
    1. a temporary or permanent resident of Indiana;
    2. at a location that cannot be determined by the person's parent or legal custodian; and
    3. reported missing to a law enforcement agency; or
  2. is, or is believed to be:
    1. a temporary or permanent resident of Indiana; and
    2. a victim of the offense of criminal confinement (IC 35-42-3-3) or interference with custody (IC 35-42-3-4).

Missing Endangered Adult Defined (Indiana Code 12-7-2-131.3)
is an individual at least eighteen (18) years of age who is reported missing to a law enforcement agency and is, or is believed to be:

  1. a temporary or permanent resident of Indiana;
  2. at a location that cannot be determined by an individual familiar with the missing individual; and
  3. incapable of returning to the missing individual's residence without assistance by reason of:
    1. mental illness;
    2. mental retardation;
    3. dementia; or
    4. another physical or mental incapacity of managing or directing the management of the individual's property or providing or directing the provision of self-care.

High Risk Missing Person Defined (Indiana Code 5-2-17-1)
is a person whose whereabouts are not known and who may be at risk of injury or death. The term includes the following:

  1. A person who is missing as the result of abduction by a stranger.
  2. A person whose disappearance may be the result of the commission of a crime.
  3. A person whose disappearance occurred under circumstances that are inherently dangerous.
  4. A person who is missing for more than thirty (30) days.
  5. A missing person who is in need of medical attention or prescription medication.
  6. A missing person who may be at risk due to abduction by a noncustodial parent.
  7. A missing person who is mentally impaired.
  8. A missing person who is less than twenty-one (21) years of age.
  9. A missing person who has previously been the victim of a threat of violence or an act of violence.
  10. A missing person who has been determined by a law enforcement agency to be:
    1. at risk of injury or death; or
    2. a person that meets any of the descriptions in subdivisions (1) through (9).
    3. A missing person who is an endangered adult.