Lost Children Who Were Eventually Found

Cases of missing children are among the most unsettling in the world of true crime. Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the US, and 840,000 children are reported missing each year. While these statistics are dire, there have been instances in which the best outcome occurs in the worst situation.

Stories of missing children who were finally found offer hope to those who continue to search for their lost loved ones, and they highlight the fact that few cases are truly unsolvable.

From rescues of kidnapped kids to children who never even knew they were considered missing, this list contains the fascinating - and often courageous - stories of missing children who were finally found.


  • One Of The Missing 'Chibok Girls' Was Found After Two Years

    In 2016, then-19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki was rescued from the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram after being kidnapped two years prior. Nkeki was one of over 200 Chibok school girls who were taken by the Boko Haram in April 2014.

    Nkeki was spotted and recognized by a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group attempting to fight off the militant group. Nkeki was traveling with a member of Boko Haram who claimed to be her husband. He was taken into custody, and she was reunited with her family.

  • Elijah Wong And Donnie Simmons Were Found During A Traffic Stop

    Two-year-old Elijah Wong and 7-year-old Donnie Simmons were found during a traffic stop a month after they were reported missing. The children had been abducted from different addresses by their mother, Antoinette Wong, and her boyfriend.

    Donnie was reportedly taken at gunpoint from the home where he was staying. The couple had been linked to several bank robberies and were ultimately pulled over by a state trooper when their car was spotted swerving on a highway. The two boys were immediately taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

  • Xiao Yun Had Been Playing Games In Internet Cafes For 10 Years

    In 2005, Xiao Yun went missing from her hometown of Hengdian in China when she was 14 years old. Her family assumed she died, but she was discovered 10 years later when a police officer caught her using a fake ID.

    Xiao Yun had left home after fighting with her mother and spent the following decade living in various internet cafes. She reportedly spent her days playing video games, working in the cafes for cash, and relying on handouts from strangers.

    Xiao Yun initially did not want to see her parents but was eventually reunited with them.

  • Julian Hernandez Didn't Know He Was A Missing Child

    Julian Hernandez was getting ready to apply for college in 2015 when he discovered that the Social Security number given to him by his father did not exist.

    Julian soon learned that he had been considered missing for 13 years after his father was supposed to take him to preschool but then fled the state of Ohio. Julian had been living in Alabama and was said to be "thriving" in high school.

    He was reunited with his mother, and his father was arrested.