By the end of 2016 according to the National Crime Information Center, there were 88,040 active missing persons cases. 38.3% of those cases were missing children under the age of 18.

The NCIC reported that by December 31, 2016, 33,706 of all active missing persons cases were minors (18 or under). 42,807 (48.6%) were 21 or under.

Over all in 2016 there were 647,435 missing persons reported in the U.S.

Currently in New Jersey, there are 9 active missing persons cases that are 18 or under since January 1, 2017. That is 9 too many.

We hope to raise awareness and get these pictures out to the public to bring these kids homes to their families.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have a toll free hotline 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) that is available to call 24/7 if you think you've seen a missing child.

Here are the 9 missing children that have been missing since January 1, 2017.

  • 1

    Zia-Lee Torres

    Zia-Lee has been missing since January 23, 2017. She was last seen in North Bergan. Zia-Lee is 16, has brown hair, brown eyes, and has her ears, nose, and tongue pierced. When she was last seen her hair was dyed light red.

    Jersey City Police Department: 201-547-5477

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 2

    Shyanne McCay

    Shyanne has been missing since March 4, 2017. She was last seen in Bridgewater. Shyanne is 15, has blonde hair, green eyes, and a tattoo on her wrist.

    Bridgewater Township Police Department: 908-722-4111

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 3

    Sindy Menjivar-Hernandez

    Sindy has been missing since April 15, 2017. She was last seen in Camden. Sindy is 14 has black hair, brown eyes, and is 5'3".

    Camden County Police Department: 856-757-7400

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 4

    Tatiana Hansen

    Tatiana has been missing since May 23, 2017. She was last seen in Trenton. Tatiana is 18, has brown hair, brown eyes, and multiple tattoos. According to MissingKids.org Tatiana may still be in the Trenton area or has gone to Allentown, New Jersey.

    New Jersey State Human Services Police Department: 609-633-1935

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 5

    Gia Carlson-Dow

    Gia has been missing since May 24, 2017. She was last seen in Atco. Gia is 17 years old, has black hair, brown eyes, may wear glasses, and as a tattoo on her chest.

    Winslow Township Police Department: 609-567-0700

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 6

    Brandon Nicholson

    Brandon has been missing since June 8, 2017. He was last seen in Paterson. Brandon is 16 years old, has brown hair, brown eyes, and is 5'3". According to the site he may be in the Paterson area or has gone to Edison.

    Paterson Police Department: 973-321-1111

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 7

    Kyaisha Clyde

    Kyaisha has been missing since June 15, 2017. She was last seen in Clifton. Kyaisha is 17 years old, brown hair, brown eyes, and is 5'6".

    Clifton Police Department: 973-470-5911

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 8

    Deryn Perez Perez

    Deryn has been missing since June 15, 2017. He was last seen in Elizabeth. Deryn is 15, has brown hair, brown eyes, and is 4'3".

    Elizabeth Police Department: 908-558-2000

    Credit: MissingKids.org
  • 9

    Christina Quire

    Christina has been missing since July 22, 2017. She was last seen in Pennington. Christina is 17, has black hair, brown eyes, and is 5'2".

    Hopewell Township Police Department: 609-737-3100

    Credit: MissingKids.org