The idea of missing children on milk cartons has become part of American culture. Unfortunately, back in 1982, there was no organized way to find missing kids, and missing minors were no different than missing adults. This meant that law enforcement waited 72 hours before investigating; now, we know that those three days are the most crucial when it comes to child abductions.
One of the first projects that were focused on locating missing children were putting their faces on milk cartons, replacing ads that would normally be placed there. Because police waited so long to conduct an investigation, leads and evidence were less likely to surface. Despite the billions of milk cartons with faces on them, it was still rare for any of the children to be found alive and safe. Check out some of the better-known milk carton kids.