In a press conference, the police chief said that people go missing for many reasons but vowed to do everything to locate the teens. Some are runaways and dealing with family problems, he said. In fact, “the number of missing person reports has remained constant…what has changed is getting that information out quickly. There is no evidence to suggest there has been an increase in missing persons,” mayor Muriel Bowser opinated. “Let me first reassure you. We have no indication to believe that young girls in the district are being preyed upon by human traffickers in large numbers,” Chanel Dickerson, commander of the division in charge of investigating the missing teen concluded. He also said that out of 708 missing persons reports in 2017 only 34 remain open.