Winner of Missing Children’s Poster Contest honored                                                

TOPEKA — Paxton Burt, 11, of Overland Park, was honored Tuesday as the 2019 winner of the Kansas Missing Children’s Poster Contest, an art competition for Kansas fifth-graders that encourages child safety and creates awareness for Kansas children who remain missing.

Each year in Kansas, an average of 4,645 children are reported missing to the KBI’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse, and last year more than 424,000 children nationwide were declared missing by law enforcement. Many of those reports are for runaways, which are known to frequently reoccur. Fortunately, most missing children’s cases are resolved a short time after being reported.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation honored Paxton, who got to tour he Capitol and learn about criminal investigations through mock crime scene activities.

 Gov. Kelly also proclaimed May 25 as Kansas Missing Children’s Day.