CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - It’s a scary statistic: 48 people have gone missing in the state of Iowa in the last 10 days, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
It's important to note that many of those listed as missing may have chosen to leave on their own accord.
Of the most recent 20 people reported missing in Iowa as of Friday morning, 17 are teenagers.
While the numbers may be surprising to some, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said the numbers are in line with history.
Iowa DPS issued the following statement Friday:
"In light of the missing person investigation of Mollie Tibbits, concerns have come to light about the number of juveniles reported missing in Iowa in recent weeks. In FY 2017 4,311 juveniles were reported missing to The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse. This is an average of approximately 12 juveniles a day. The vast majority of which are found or returned home within 24 hours. Typically these cases are runaway situations. The number of missing juveniles reported in recent weeks is in line with historical numbers."
The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to try and help those who go missing and become sex trafficked by teaching hotel employees and anyone else the signs of a person in danger.
They say people need to be looking out for anything out of the ordinary and report it to police. But with some many people gone missing, they say it hits close to home.
“We have so many events in our community so there’s always people you don’t recognize,” said Libbey Hahn, the Tourism Director for the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. “That is worrisome because you might not notice people, so the key is just to notice people and just to be aware.”
List of recently reported missing persons in Iowa
Name, Originating Agency, Age, Last contact
Mckenna Driver, Davenport, age 15, July 26
Erik Magnussen, Pottawattamie County SO, age 14, July 26
Anna Marousek, Des Moines, age 17, July 26
Daishaney Phillips, Davenport, age 16, July 26
Ashleigh Schossow, Cedar Rapids, age 13, July 26
Aryana Usher, Cedar Rapids, age 16, July 26
Emagehn Champagne, Clinton, age 17, July 25
Luke Cox, Council Bluffs, age 26, July 25
Christian Luhr, Fairfield, age 25, July 25
Serenity Wieman, Davenport, age 13, July 25
Tyron Woolery, Des Moines, age 16, July 25
Maydelin Guerra-Albatado, Des Moines, age 15, July 25
Alberta Harlan, Indianola, age 16, July 24
Belinda James, Council Bluffs, age 15, July 24
Asa Starr, Sioux City, age 14, July 24
Summer Williams, Des Moines, age 17, July 24
Yvette Avila, Cedar Rapids, age 17, July 23
Isabelle Buckman, Council Bluffs, age 14, July 23
Martin Smith, Ottumwa, age 57, July 23
Thomas Bishop, Cedar County SO, age 16, July 22
Shane Kellum, Cedar Falls, age 43, July 22
Mary Schultz, Sioux City, age 55, July 22
Kristen Golliher, Keokuk, age 32, July 21
Yaritza Arita, Des Moines, 15, July 20
Joesaiah Armstrong, Davenport, age 14, July 20
Madeline Francis, Davenport, age 15, July 20
Larry Hook, Iowa City, age 39, July 20
Nia How, Waukee, age 15, July 20
Joshua Wallace, Washington County SO, age 17, July 20
Nazario Campbell, Cedar Rapids, age 13, July 19
Caleb Rennie, Council Bluffs, age 19, July 19
Malachi Vanderpool, Cedar Rapids, age 15, July 19
Mackenzy York, Mason City, age 15, July 19
David Harn, Waverly, age 16, July 18
Mollie Tibbetts, Poweshiek County, age 20, July 18
Hunter Alberts, Keokuk, age 16, July 17
Jayvreon Quinn, Des Moines, age 15, July 17
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