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One missing Arizona child was found in another Western state last month, but more than 500 also went missing in the state in July alone.

The children are mostly girls.

The Arizona Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse recorded 515 cases of missing children in July, the Department of Child Safety told The Arizona Republic. Of these, more than half were resolved, as current active cases on the AMEC database would show. July was the same month Alicia Navarro, 18, who was missing since 2019, turned up in Montana.

More than 1,000 missing children cases are active across the state according to a check of the database Aug. 8. The number of missing children on the database fluctuates as cases get taken off when a child is found and added to the list when new reports are made.

Arizona Department of Public Safety’s spokesperson Raul Garcia told The Republic that the missing children database automatically pulls missing juvenile information from the Arizona Crime Information Center and FBI’s National Crime Information Center every four hours.

Once a missing child report is made to an investigating agency — usually the police — the department transmits the information to those organizations’ active missing person’s files.

About half of missing children files open in the database were reported in 2023. A few cases from the 1950s and 1960s are still open.

For instance, Diane Webb, whose case is the oldest on the list, would be 81 today. She was 17 when she went missing in 1959.

She was last seen getting on a bus in Phoenix to visit her parents, according to a Phoenix Police Department 2012 bulletin. She never arrived.


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