As stated in the original cold case runaway list, most runaway teenagers eventually return home. Statistics show that 77% percent return within one week, and approximately only 7% of teens are missing for longer than a month. (source) Therefore, concerns are always intensified for those teens who remain missing for prolonged periods of time. There are certain cases where authorities reclassify a case labeled as a runaway to an endangered missing person. However, there are still numerous cases in which the runaway classification is maintained--even if the person has been missing without a trace for a prolonged period of time. Below is a list of six more such cases that are still classified as runaways, despite the fact that they have been missing for years.
Laroya's mother reported her missing to police on the evening she was discovered to be missing. Once police began investigating, they quickly announced that they believed that Laroya left on her own accord. She was subsequently classified as a runaway. Ever since, there has been very little news or information available about Laroya's case.
It's unclear why investigators were so certain that Laroya left on her own accord. She remains at the runaway status today--despite the fact that nearly two decades have passed without any sign of her. [read more]