John E. Bischoff III

John E. Bischoff III

John E. Bischoff III

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. John E. Bischoff III is currently the Vice President of the Missing Children Division for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).  Within this role, he is responsible for managerial oversight of programs, staff, and case management activities of the Missing Children Division, including the Contact Centers.

Prior to NCMEC, Dr. Bischoff was a Mass Care (ESF#6) Program Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington D.C.  In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners to develop effective evacuation & reentry plans, strategies, and policies. 

Prior to FEMA, Dr. Bischoff was the Technical Director of Public Safety and Criminal Investigations for AOL located in Dulles, Virginia.  During his thirteen years at AOL, Dr. Bischoff was directly involved with hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement investigations involving child sexual exploitation, financial fraud, and computer crimes.  He was considered an expert by federal, state and local courts in the area of AOL networks, email platforms, and data transfer technologies.  

Dr. Bischoff has over 25-years' experience working for both career and volunteer fire-rescue departments. Additionally, he has served as a Field Team Member for a mountain search & rescue team.

Selected Publications

From the Vice President: Missing Children on the Autism Spectrum, 2020 (one of two authors)

Long-term missing child guide for law enforcement: Strategies for finding long-term missing children; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2016 (one of many authors)

Gone in an Instant; Law Officer (publication) 2015, (one of two authors)

Post Disaster Family Reunification, A Nationwide Approach; Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2014 (one of many authors) 

Courses Taught

GMU: CRIM 302 - Delinquency

GMU: SOCI 302 - Delinquency



Dr. Bischoff holds a Doctorate in Engineering, with a focus on Engineering Management, from the George Washington University. He has received a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Lastly, he holds an Associate of Science in the Administration of Justice from the Northern Virginia Community College.

Recent Presentations


  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Virtual Expert Panel Discussion – April 2021
  • Children Missing with Autism: 3-part presentation – Summer 2021
  • IACP Autism Locative Technology - 2021
  • Children Missing with Autism series - 2021
  • Speaker planning committee, 2019 & 2020 Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference
  • Panel Speaker, Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference: Missing Child Issues and Resources
  • Keynote Speaker, Team HOPE Conference
  • Internet Crimes Against Children Conference: Prevent Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Children Missing from Care
  • National Level Exercise (NLE) Planning Summit Speaker: Post Disaster Family Reunification, National Response
  • Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference Guest Speaker: Post Disaster Family Reunification, National Response & Children Missing from Care, Issues and Resources

In the Media

As of 07/08/22
Mom Of Oregon Boy Missing For 12 Years Asks For New Task Force To Investigate
‘A foundation built on hope’: National organization never gives up on missing children like Summer Wells
National org. maintains hope in Summer Wells case
42 years later, murdered couple’s baby found alive in Oklahoma
42 years later, murdered couple’s baby found alive

Texas woman known as “Baby Holly” identified 40-years after parents’ slaying
Missing baby found alive more than 40 years after parents found killed in woods
Attor­ney Gen­er­al Paxton’s Cold Case and Miss­ing Per­sons Unit Locates Woman who has Been Miss­ing for Over 40 Years, Short­ly After Cre­at­ing the Unit
Instagram will notify users if a child goes missing in their area, sharing pictures and abduction location
Cellebrite’s Partnership with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Helps Bring Justice to Victims of Crimes Against Children
Autism ‘Elopement’ Raises Summer Drowning Risk
‘Community healing needs to take place’; NCMEC reflects on Brittanee Drexel on National Missing Children’s Day
Friday marks 19th anniversary of Tabitha Tuders disappearance
Live Spot: KRON-SF (MyTV) - San Francisco, CA - KRON 4 News at 12Noon
(PODCAST) This is NCMEC with John Bischoff. V.P., Missing Children Division

At Subcommittee Hearing, Members and Advocates Call for Action to Address Epidemic of Missing BIPOC Women and Girls

'Too early to give up hope' | National organization urges community to keep pushing as search for Codi Bigsby enters second month

As search continues for Codi Bigsby, experts stress role of community in bringing him home
MISSING: Michelle Otter, 15, disappeared after leaving for school
Pandemic-Stressed Youths Call Runaway Hotline
Thousands of kids go missing every year. Here’s what the people looking for them want you to know.
7-year-old New Hampshire Girl Vanishes, Finally Reported Missing Two Years Later

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children joins search for Harmony Montgomery  --
25 Investigates: Authorities to distribute missing NH girl’s image beyond New England  --
Bone Found In Sunken SUV Belongs To Indiana Mom Stephanie Nguyen, Missing Since 2002
Dad sleeps in car as he searches for missing daughter, 14

Family of N.J. girl missing since 2019 hopes new year brings answers

Attorney General Cameron, Independence Police Announce Safe Return of Missing Kentucky Youth, 12/22/2021 -

Teen Missing from Independence Since October is Found in Carrollton -

Why Should You Attend the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference? (FVTC MUPC Video)

Eight years of Dateline's Missing in America: 169 still missing

The plight of missing runaways across Ohio

Jonelle Matthews was one of the first missing children whose face was put on milk cartons
A look at 25 Tampa Bay names in the national missing persons database
More than 70 Hoosier children remain missing, according to national nonprofit
42 active missing Wisconsin kids cases, help spread the word

South Toledo toddler's death remains unsolved one year later

Vanessa Morales disappearance is ‘rare’ open case, data shows

Experts say community awareness is crucial in finding missing, abducted children

Summer Wells’ pastor: Social media backlash faced by congregants is ‘evil’

Flock Safety Can Now Broadcast AMBER Alerts To Help Find Missing Kids Across The Country

From cold cases, to recent disappearances: How Iowa maintains their database of missing persons

About The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons: Law Enforcement & Prevention

Telefono Azzurro for the International Day of Missing Children (hosted in Italy):

National Missing Children's Day comes as police still search for Ryan Larsen:
Why do children go missing?

Police continue searching for missing girl one month after disappearance

Montezuma residents have stepped up to find their missing boy.  That help gives experts hope.:

License Plate Readers Add Real-Time Alerts for Missing Kids

A year after his 2 daughters went missing, this father is still desperately searching:

May 25 World Day of the Missing Children: Smile of the Child International Video (Greece):

Child abductions left in unattended vehicles on the rise:

Police Chief Magazine, From the Vice President: Missing Children on the Autism Spectrum (co-author/content):

Flock Safety Announces AMBER Alert Distribution Partnership With National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to Deploy License Plate Recognition in Finding Missing Children:

Family of NJ girl missing since 2019 marks another birthday without her:

Family prepares to mark 7th birthday for child who vanished from N.J. park in 2019:

OnSolve to Serve as Primary Mass Notification System for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):

From cold cases, to recent disappearances: How Iowa maintains their database of missing persons:

Widow Says Her Late Husband Murdered A Mother And Son Who Vanished In 2002:

After winter storm, Texas lawmakers consider Amber Alert-type system for disasters:

Investigation Discovery: In Pursuit: The Missing, Episode 0, Premiered 03/08/2021:

LaRon Bourgeois, the last person to see Alexis Patterson, dies of suspected drug overdose

The Georgia 39 & Operation Not Forgotten:

NCMEC sees almost double online enticement reports during first half of year:
OnSolve to Serve as Primary Mass Notification System for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
New video could help find Tyarra Williams, a Greensboro woman who vanished in 2016
‘You may not see the FBI, but we are there,' FBI among agencies involved in search for Breasia Terrell
Update: Ava Carey Safe at Home in Corvallis
Everbridge and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Celebrate Six Years of Successful Collaboration

‘Keep your eyes open’ Search for missing teen enters sixth month

Paige Johnson's remains found. 'There's a couple people...that should be really nervous'

Effort to find missing 5-year-old Dulce Alavez goes nationwide in millions of coupon books

Case of missing 5-year-old South Jersey girl shows up in a Clearwater newspaper ad

Gannon Stauch case: Thousands want to create “Gannon’s Law,” but experts see problems

Alerta AMBER: el caso de la niña de 9 años cuyo secuestro y asesinato inspiró la creación de los boletines de menores desaparecidos

A closer look at the investigative process into 6-year-old Faye Swetlik's disappearance

Authorities say an Amber Alert may have saved a Springfield girl’s life. Here’s a look inside the ‘invaluable’ system.

National Center Helps in Search, 12/31/19:

Experts urge parents to take pictures of loved ones without filters, Fox5DC news, 042619

Imposter cases are rare, April 2019

Jayme Closs was found alive after vanishing three months ago.  It was a rare outcome, experts say; Post-Crescent: USAToday Network, January 2019,

Family says Jayme in "good spirits", suspect due in court; MPRNews, Minnesota Public Radio, January 2019,

STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER: Wireless Emergency Alerts, PS Docket No. 15-91; Amendments to Part 11 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System, PS Docket No. 15-94:

Everbridge and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Celebrate 4 Years of Collaboration in Helping Bring Home Missing Kids: 2018,

Child Care Aware, On the Hill: 2015,

Probe into 1986 disappearance of Union County child remains active: 2015,

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children & Nixle Team Up to Help Law Enforcement Bring Home Missing Children: 2014,

Tot’s case focuses on other lost children: 2013,