The Iowa Department of Public Safety is releasing information on what seems to be a rash of abductions in the state.

However, officials note that the numbers prove otherwise.

The Department states in a news release this morning "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 Fiscal Year 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."

For additional information on missing persons in Iowa visit the Department of Public Safety’s website at:

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