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Approximately 28 people disappear daily in Italy

Missing persons on the rise in the country, report says

Approximately 28 people disappear daily in Italy

Rome, October 31 - An interior ministry commission report released on Wednesday on disappearances in Italy said that 28 people go missing daily throughout the country. The figure is 10% higher than 2011 numbers. Since 1974 when the missing persons databank was founded, 25,453 people have vanished without trace. Of these, 9,396 were Italians and 16,057 foreigners, 14,855 adults and 10,598 minors. Compared to December 31, 2011, the report said that 541 more men, women and children were declared missing and have yet to be found. The total number of missing persons increased between the period of June 30, 2011 from 105,092 to 115,366 in June 30, 2012. The largest increase in disappearances was recorded over the last six months, up 4.78%. Commission head Michele Penta said that the only data lower than recorded by last year's report were the number of unidentified bodies. On January 30, 2012 there were 831 unidentified corpses, one less than the last 2011 survey.

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