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Missing Persons

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Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
Division of Criminal Investigation
Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

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  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and its Take 25 campaign encourage you to get involved and talk with your children about safety.  To begin, click here for some conversation starters.

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Calling all 5th Graders!! 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is inviting your 5th grade class to participate in a unique opportunity, partnering with Iowa’s top special agents/investigators to raise awareness of missing children, and win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Iowa DCI hosts a Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest and this year we’d like to get as many Iowa 5th graders involved as possible.  The students, under your direction, will create posters depicting any aspect of missing children and the importance of this issue.

In the spring, the DCI will host a Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest Reception for the winners of the contest.  Iowa’s top officials will congratulate the winners and provide photo ops, along with the chance to take a tour of the State Capitol.

Please help the DCI raise awareness about this critical issue that impacts our local communities.

The poster contest is only open to 5th graders.

Deadline:  February 14th, 2018

History:  May 25, 1983, was proclaimed as National Missing Children’s Day by President Ronald Reagan. The first National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest was presented in 2000, at the Department of Justice’s Missing Children’s Day observance. The poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and others to engage children in informative discussions about the problem of missing children and how to prevent such situations.

This poster contest is a national event and each state’s top winning poster is submitted to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for selection of the national winner. The winning student, his/her teacher, and parents are flown to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

If your 5th grade class is interested in participating in the 2018 poster contest, please reply at your earliest convenience to Medina (contact information below) and further information will be provided.

For more information, contact Medina Rahmanovic at, or (515) 725-6036. 



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24 Hour Toll Free Hotline 800-346-5507
The Iowa Missing Person Hotline is available 7 days a week to request assistance in the location of a missing person and report information on the sighting/location of a missing person.


About Us

The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse was established July 1, 1985, within the Department of Public Safety providing a program for compiling, coordinating and disseminating information in relation to missing persons and unidentified body/persons. Housed within the Division of Criminal Investigation, the clearinghouse assists in helping to locate missing persons through public awareness and cooperation, and in educating law enforcement officers and the general public about missing person issues.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety releases the names of missing persons on a weekly basis. Click HERE for current statistics.

Data on this site is updated daily at 9:30am Central time.