Missing person investigations are among the hardest cases for families, friends, and detectives alike. While in some instances it is a matter of a child looking for attention and leaving the house for a few hours, other times, the situation is a lot more sinister, with cases involving patients who are mentally ill and would not be able to support themselves, and even abductions.
Missing person investigations are extremely serious. The most important thing to remember is that if you are trying to find a loved one, you do not have to do it alone. When looking for a missing person, it is essential that you start your search as quickly as possible in order to be sure they do not make it too far and that no clue is overlooked.
Although you must report the person in question as missing to the police, there is a limit as to how much they can do until that person has been missing for a specific amount of time. During missing person investigations, the police do everything they can with what they have, but the best way to get answers quickly is to hire a private investigator.
Who Are Missing Person Investigations For?
At ISRA, we work with a huge variety of clients trying to locate missing people. There are a variety of reasons you could want to launch a missing person investigation. Often, we are approached by loved ones who are looking for a child or other family member who has voluntarily run away or been kidnapped. Other times, they are concerned for that person’s safety due to mental health issues.
We take on cold cases where the person in question has been missing for a very long time and the investigation has been closed to help families get the closure they need. Authorities and government entities approach us looking for fugitives and people who owe them a lot of money and need to be served with legal documents.
Basically, missing person investigations cover a huge scope of cases, from child abduction to those escaping the law. If you are struggling to locate someone and are worried about their wellbeing, working with a private investigator will ensure you have the right resources at your fingertips to find them as quickly as possible.
Preliminary Steps to Take When Locating a Missing Person
In most missing person investigations, there are preliminary steps you can take to find the person in question:
Tell the Authorities
Whether the missing person is a child, adult, an elderly person, someone with a history of alcohol or drug abuse, or a person who is mentally ill, you must first alert the authorities. They may not be able to start an investigation straight away in some cases, but they will be able to spread the word that your loved one is missing.
Get In Touch With Friends and Family
Once you have alerted the police, contact all your friends and family to find out if that person is with them or if they have made contact. Misunderstandings do happen and although you may be worried sick, you could have forgotten they were due to visit relatives. On the other hand, if time has passed and you still can’t find the person in question, you need to take your search a step further.
Get a list of the hospitals in your area and call their front desks asking if the person in question has been admitted to their facility. If they do not have a record of that person being admitted since they went missing, give them a physical description of him or her and explain your situation. Sometimes without ID, it can be hard for doctors and nurses to identify a person quickly.
Unfortunately, once you have taken the steps outlined above, there is a limit as to how much you and the police can do if a person doesn’t reappear quickly enough. The best chances you have of locating a missing person is to hire a private investigator because they have access to a mound of technology and information that you may not.
How Does a Private Investigator Locate a Missing Person?
At ISRA, we use a huge variety of techniques to undertake missing person investigations. We have access to databases, programs, software and a range of other systems that make locating a missing person that little bit easier and quicker. Not only this, we can work with neighboring detectives to find out if the missing person has been spotted in another town.
Some of the most prominent and effective techniques we use include:
We allocate detectives as well as surveillance cameras and recording devices to keep an eye on the locations where the missing person is most likely to be. We also survey any suspects we may have to ensure the person isn’t being held against their will.
Missing person investigations are very serious. We, therefore, do our utmost to learn about the person who is missing as well as anyone who has close affiliations with them. We will do background checks on everyone involved and undertake interviews in order to isolate suspects and any sources that could be of use to us in locating the person who is missing.
Missing person investigations aren’t all about high tech cameras and fancy software. The right manpower is essential to undertake physical searches of the community and its surrounding areas. These include land, air, and sea sweeps if that is what is required to rule out specific areas, or better yet, locate the missing person.
Thankfully, the internet opens up a whole new world of opportunities for us during missing person investigations. We’re able to learn a lot about people from their social media channels and other online accounts. From arrangements to meeting with outsiders to finding out when and where they were last active, online accounts give us a huge amount of insight into the person who is missing.
At ISRA, we don’t leave any stone unturned. We know that the idea of losing a loved one is one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. We know that time is of the essence, so as a result, we deploy every resource we have during our missing person investigations in order to reunite you with your loved one as quickly as possible.