National Center for Missing Adults

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Kristen Modafferi
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Kristen Modafferi, whose disappearance led to the creation of the National Center for Missing Adults, in 1997.
Born June 1, 1979
Danbury, Connecticut[1]
Disappeared June 23, 1997
Crocker Galleria Mall
California San Francisco, California
Status Missing for 19 years, 8 months and 27 days
Nationality United States American
Known for Missing person, believed murdered
Home town Charlotte, NC
Parent(s) Bob and Debbie Modafferi

The National Center for Missing Adults is a United States organization which assists in tracking missing adults.

The organization was created in response to the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi of Charlotte, North Carolina, who vanished without a trace on June 23, 1997, three weeks after her eighteenth birthday. Having just completed her freshman year at North Carolina State University on a Park Scholarship,[2] she had traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area for the summer to study photography at the University of California, Berkeley.[3] Because she was 18 at the time of her disappearance, the lack of resources available for searching for her were noted.[4]

Kristen's Act was introduced by Representative Sue Myrick in 1999 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000. From 2001-2004, Kristen's Law "provided assistance to law enforcement and families in missing persons cases of those over the age of 17" and authorized $1M per year to support organizations including the National Center for Missing Adults.[5]

The center's federal funding ran out in 2005 when Kristen's Law expired. It has continued with volunteer efforts.[6] Modafferi's case has been profiled on Unsolved Mysteries,[7] Primetime Live[8] and America's Most Wanted.[9] It remains unsolved.


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