THE NUMBER of missing or wanted people is growing in Slovakia. Martin Korch, spokesman for the Police Corps, told the SITA newswire that police had found 5,058 of the 5,854 missing people in 1991, but the number of cases had grown to 21,153 by 2007. Of this, police have only solved 13,951.
Most cases the police dealt with in 2007 were arrest warrants. Out of a total 7,625 cases, police managed to find 4,321 of the people. Orders for detection made up the second biggest group of cases. Out of 1,921 persons, 1,380 ended up behind bars. In 2007, police were searching for 2,264 persons, of whom they found 1,792, Korch said.
He told the aktualne.sk news server that these statistics are good, but police continue to search for 472 missing persons. Of them, 14 are below 15 years old; 25 are aged from 15 to 18; and 32 are older. In total, 401 are 60 and older.
The Košice Region reported the highest number of missing and wanted people, 2,351, of which 1,551 were solved. The Trnava Region reported the lowest number, 1,196, of which 885 cases were solved.
The police in the Bratislava Region reported the highest number of dead bodies and remains found in 2007 at 39. The Trnava Region was again at the bottom with 10, Korch said.