Neil Spitzer, in The Atlantic (June 1986), 8 Arlington St., Bos-ton, Mass. 02116.
In October 1981, Senator Paula Hawkins (R.-Fla.) convened the first con- gressional hearing on missing children. "We simply do not know how many children disappear from their families each year," she said. "The estimates are as high as 1.8 million children per year."
Then the media blitz began: made-for-TV movies, fingerprinting carn- paigns, posters. Staring out from grocery bags and milk cartons,...