It sadly happens way too often. A loved one goes off to school or work, and then they're never heard from again. Days turn to months, and months turn to years with no closure for many loved ones. The following are some cold cases in Abilene of people who have gone missing and are still missing to this day.

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Many times it happens to be a child. In fact, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are currently 307 active missing children reports in Texas, with four of those in Abilene.

What about missing adults/persons?

Well, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS), there are 2,253 current missing person cases in the Lone Star State. Out of those 2,253, there are 12 that are still missing from right here in Abilene, Texas.

So, please take a look at this gallery of the missing persons from Abilene, as well as current children that are missing in the Key City. Call Abilene Police Department if you have any information that might help solve any of these cases.

Abilene Missing Person Cold Cases

Here are 12 cold cases of missing persons who were last seen in Abilene, Texas.

Once again, if you believe you've seen any of those missing persons, please contact the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331 or Abilene Crime Stoppers at 676-TIPS. With your help, these missing person cases can be solved and we can reunite them with their loved ones.

Take a look at these bizarre Texas laws that still exist for some reason.

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

Did you know these famous folks were from Abilene?

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