20 Missing Child Cases That Shocked the Nation (PHOTOS)

Child abductions are first and foremost a parent's worst nightmare, and some of the most gruesome and well-publicized cases captivate and horrify the country as massive searches get under way. Some cases grow cold, or worse.


These 20 missing child cases made national headlines and, in some cases, prompted legislation. They also terrified us. A few ended in the victim's rescue; others remain unsolved.


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