A preliminary report conducted by the Justice and Peace Unit of the Prosecutor General revealed that there are reports of almost 50,000 missing people in Colombia.
The Justice and Peace Unit has been working since December 2008 to ‘purify’ the databases of state entities that receive reports of missing people. The aim is to have a consolidated database of missing people so that families of victims of disappearances will have access to information. Contradictory figures of the number of people currently kidnapped within Colombia had generated confusion and controversy.
Radio Caracol reported that investigators ascertained that 10,584 missing persons are registered in all offical databases.
Authorities now have the task of verifying case by case some 39,000 registered people who do not appear in the records of all state bodies.