By a report According to Helsingin Sanomat, the Helsinki police receive more than a hundred disappearance reports every year. An average of about 130–180 people disappear in Helsinki every year. The corresponding figure for the whole of Finland is about a thousand.
Statistically, adult men represent the majority of these cases. Police have recently released pictures and a detailed description of the missing person on social media to recruit the public for their search.
While the vast majority of missing people are reportedly found within a week of disappearance and most often alive, this is not always the case. The 14-year-old boy who last disappeared from his backyard in Vantaa was found dead.
The volunteer spotted the boy body In the Nurepijärvi Lepsämä River in the neighboring municipality last week. The body of a missing 22-year-old woman was also found in Pikku Huopalahti, Helsinki earlier this month.
Criminal Inspector Jari Koski Helsinki police told Helsingin Sanomat that the police will only use the publication of a lost photograph if they have reason to believe that their lives may be in immediate danger.
Sometimes reports of missing persons require the opening of a criminal investigation; in some cases, however, the person has disappeared voluntarily and does not want to be found.
Koski emphasizes that there is no so-called Waiting time, and a close relative or friend can contact the police as soon as they discover the person is missing. In cases where it is clear that the person is unable to take care of themselves (for example, if they are dementia patients), the search is started immediately.