Alaska Missing Persons Statistics

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Updated on July 25, 2023

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUS) database (a U.S. Department of Justice funded body), there are many missing people, both children and adults are found alive. However, many remained missing with no active leads and became cold cases. 

More than 60, 700 people have been recorded missing in Alaska since 1988, with more than 4,400 unknown bodies have found. Alaska has the highest missing rate across the country, with 41.8 missing people per 100,000 of the population. 

There have been many speculations about the mysterious disappearances in the area, but the most logical explanation is simply geography. Alaska is the largest state of the United States, situated in the extreme northwest of the North American continent. The huge state seems to be the perfect burying ground for anything that comes into its territory. It has intense snowstorms, rife massive glaciers with gigantic holes, hidden caves, and huge cracks, which makes the likelihood of finding any stranded survivor very low. 

Number of missing persons in Alaska in the past 20-50 years

There are more than 60,700 missing persons have reported in Alaska.

Alaska has been known to be the Land of the Lost because of the high incidence of disappearances in the region with 60,700 missing persons since 1988, including airplane passengers, hikers, locals, and tourists.

There are 41.8 missing people per 100,000 of the population in Alaska

According to the study of National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUS), there are 41.8 per 100,000 people are missing in Alaska, which is five times higher than California’s rate of 5.4 missing persons per 100,000 people.

Alaska consists of 39 icy mountain ranges, 3,000 rivers, 5,000 glaciers, and more than 3 million lakes.

There are many speculations in the area about the mystery of the missing people. There are theories associating the incidents to UFOs, mythical activities, portals, etc. But, from the scientific perspective, the topography and the weather of the state are to blame. The state is a great chance of being lost and lost forever because of its extreme whether condition, which alters the ability of a person to determine the right direction.

Number of missing people per 1000 people in Alaska, every year for the past 20-50 years

5 of every 1,000 people go missing every year in Alaska.

Alaska is a place of extremes. Its untamed wilderness has been taking many people, with more than 2000 people per year, roughly double the national rate, and five times higher than California’s missing person rate.

What percentage of missing persons are never found in Alaska?

There are about 2.15% of missing person has never been found in Alaska.

According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety record, there are still 1,304 active cases of a missing person in the state who went missing in boating, flying, hunting, or other known activities or circumstances, which is about 2.15% of the total reported missing cases in Alaska (60, 700). The state has set up the Missing Person Clearinghouse under the Alaska Bureau of Investigation to track all missing person cases reported within Alaska. Any leads are reported to their hotline at 907-269-5038 (local), 800-478-9333 (toll-free), or email [email protected].

110 missing persons due to undetermined circumstances.

The government has set up Cold Case Investigation Unit to investigate cold missing person cases previously investigated by the Alaska State Troopers. According to their record, there are 110 cold cases of missing persons due to undetermined circumstances. 

What city has the most missing persons in Alaska?

Most disappearances happened in Alaska Triangle.

Record says that there are more than 16,000 people have gone missing in the Alaska Triangle. This includes airplane passengers and hikers, locals, and tourists. The Alaskan Triangle extends from Utkiagaviq to Anchorage city and Juneau city across the southern coast. The area has vast wilderness and remains unexplored. 

How many children go missing every year in Alaska?

According to the FBI, 85% to 90% of the total missing person per year are children.

Alaska is the state with the highest number of missing people, with about 2,000 people per year, of which 85% to 90% are children.

Only 1 of 10,000 of missing children reported to police are not found alive

The recovery rate of missing children is about 97%. Most missing children’s cases are runaways, with 9 out of 10 cases. But some are abducted by strangers or by family members.

Which gender is more likely to get kidnapped?

Females are more vulnerable to getting kidnapped. They are about 72% of abduction cases.

Why does Alaska have such a high rate of open missing person cases?

There are a lot of conspiracy theories that revolve around the mysterious disappearances in Alaska. But there are various logical reasons why Alaska has the most missing person rate. Alaska is a place of extremes. The place seems to be a perfect burying ground for whoever steps on its ground. It has vast unexplored wilderness. There are huge coastlines, treacherous mountains, wild rivers, wild bears, and many more. In addition to this, the FBI and the United States Census Bureau have recorded Alaska as the second state with the most violent crimes. The place is very conducive to getting rid of a body and never being found.