I have a story growing in my head. It's set in the 1970s in England. An important part of it concerns a 16 yr old running away from a boarding school (and reappearing 10 years later). It's vaguely related to something that happened at my school when the girl was found 2 days later. I can't remember police being called in when that happened, so if they were, they obviously didn't speak to us, her classmates. Is there, or I suppose I should say, was there, a legal obligation to report a 16 yr old missing withing a certain amount of time? What steps are usually followed in the search for the child? And does anyone know a good website where I can get information on this? I've been Googling but not turned up much info. I guess I'll probably have to research in the UK when I go back this summer, but if there is anywhere I can search it would be great. Thanks.