The anxiety and often unbearable worry that arises following the disappearance of a family member or friend can often be painstaking.
Fortunately, down to the hard work of police and volunteers, the vast majority of missing persons cases reported are resolved quickly.
There are sadly cases, though, where cases can go on for days and weeks without answers, adding further apprehension to a local community.
The Missing People charity is a team of staff and volunteers with the objective of supporting those that have been affected by a missing persons case.
It has a designated website that provides details on every individual that remains missing, as well as a picture, their date of birth and last known location.
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A number of missing person reports made in London over the past fortnight include cases involving children. Below, MyLondon has compiled a list of the people in the city who have disappeared and are yet to come home.
It comes as a large-scale search operation is ongoing on Monday (March 8) to track the location of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who vanished while walking home after visiting a friend on Wednesday (March 3).
Keiran Campbell, just 13, is currently missing from the Lewisham area of London.
The teenage boy, pictured above, was reported to have disappeared on Wednesday (March 3) and has not been seen since.
The search for Keiran has been widespread on social media, but he has now been missing for five days.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Missing People using the reference 21-000856.
Met Police has been contacted for more information.
Police have appealed to the public for help in their efforts to find missing Gabriel Silvera.
The 16-year-old boy has been missing from the Barnet area since February 27.
If you have seen him, or have any information that can assist police, contact 101 with the reference 20MIS005700.
Kaiyon Scott is currently missing from the Uxbridge area of West London.
The 15-year-old has is reported to have disappeared on February 18 and has not been seen since.
If you have any information that could help the relevant authorities trace his whereabouts, you can contact Missing People using the reference 21-000578.
Tuan Le is currently missing from the Hampton area, according to police.
The 15-year-old was reported missing on February 27 and has not been seen since. An investigation into his whereabouts is ongoing.
Metropolitan Police have asked anyone with information to “please call us quoting reference 21MIS005656”.
Abubakar Mohammed, just 15, is currently missing from the Lewisham area of London.
He was reported missing on Wednesday (March 3).
Anyone with information is urged to contact Missing People by call or text for free using the reference 21-000872.
Police are desperately searching Ella Clancy, who has gone missing in Ealing.
The 16-year-old has not been seen since disappearing on Thursday (March 4).
She is known to spend time in the Ickenham or Hillingdon area.
Police have asked for anyone who has any information to come forward and call 1010 quoting 5836/04MAR.
Metropolitan Police says it is ‘concerned for the welfare’ of a teenager who has gone missing.
Rijkaard Wright, 15, has been missing from his home in Uxbridge since 6pm on Thursday (February 18).
He has links to Edgware, Barnet, Wembley and Sudbury.
Anyone with any information on Rijkaard’s whereabouts should call the Metropolitan Police on 101, and quote the incident number 21MIS003672.
Trevale Dwyer is missing from the South Norwood area of the capital.
The 17-year-old reported missing on February 22 and has not been seen since.
If you have any information that can assist in the search for the teenager, please contact Missing People using the reference 21-000733.
Tommy Smith has been missing from the Morden area of London for more than two weeks.
The 16-year-old boy was reported missing on February 18.
If you have any information that can help trace his whereabouts, contact Missing People using the reference of 20-000084.
Arber Axhami was reported missing a month ago.
The 16-year-old disappeared from the Enfield area on February 8 and has not been seen since.
Anyone with information should contact Missing People using the reference 21-000565.