By Shereen Siewert

The story of Jayme Closs, her ordeal, and her alleged escape from captivity is one of survival and hope, especially for the parents of children who remain missing months or even years after they first vanished.

There are currently 51 children reported missing or unidentified in the state of Wisconsin, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Of those, six are from the central Wisconsin area: Kayla Berg, Mackenzie Marken, Donna Christensen, Matthew Heslip, Stacy Rudolph and Layla Wills whose disappearance is the most recent listed for central Wisconsin. Officials say the 15-year-old Mosinee girl was last seen Dec. 5.

NCMEC’s case management teams work each case on an individual basis by providing coordinated support and access to analytical and technological resources, according to agency officials. Some of the children listed have been found dead, but police have not been able to identify them.

NCMEC assists in missing child cases nationwide even when a child has been missing for a long period of time, was abducted internationally by a parent or has special needs.

These children are on the NCMEC list in Wisconsin:

All images courtesy of NCMEC. Anyone with information about any of the children listed should call local law enforcement or call 1-800-THE-LOST.