Thursday, September 12, 2013

How To Find A Missing Person

There are cases when a missing person stays missing even after years of searching. While the very first move you should make when you have a missing family member is to report it to the police, there can be instances when the police will not be able to find them, due to some reason or another.

Here are important steps you can take to find that missing person.

1. Call the police. Actually, there is no mandatory waiting period like it is mostly shown in movies or television shows. Your first move will always be to involve the police in the case. Make sure you know the name of the police officer handling your case, and another contact inside for you to follow up.

2. The NamUs or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System is operated by the U.S. Department of Justice that lets people upload information about missing persons. The system is searchable by law force engagements and agencies concerned with missing persons. For missing children, you can contact the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children.

3. Check the person's last known address. If you have the permission, check out the missing person's residence or room. Look for notes, signs of leaving in a hurry such as pets without food, water left running, keys left behind, or look for signs of struggle such as cluttered furniture, broken vases and room furniture. Check for any clues where the person might have gone and why.

4. Contact the person's friends, family, and acquaintances. The last individual who had the last contact with the missing person might know something about the disappearance. Find out if the missing person has had any fight with with friends or lovers, co-workers or anyone who might have something to do with the place of work. Check also if the person has had any financial difficulties or has been depressed about any problem or recent incidents.

5. Check with local hospitals and medical examiners. The missing person might have been involved in an accident. A medical emergency can be the key to finding the missing person.

6. Follow up with the police everyday. The police department might be thin in budget cuts for your case but when the officer in charge see how persistent you are in following your case, you can have the edge of getting better responses from them about your case.

7. Check out the social media. Today, with the high impact social media has on the community, trying to find a missing person can do so much to help you.

8. Put up fliers and give them away. It is very effective to have a photo of the missing person put up in strategic places. This alerts neighbors and friends who might have seen the missing person lately. Put the fliers in places where the person frequents. Use a photo of the person where he or she is smiling because people tend to be more sympathetic when they see the person that looks friendly.

9. Contact and seek help from the media. This can help get the word out about the missing person and can help extend the areas with which people will know about the missing person. You will never know who might read or watch the news that can help you with leads that can help you find the missing person. Also, this can put pressure to the police to be more persistent with the case so it will be successful. If the person has been missing for so long already, use important events to stir the interest again of the media. For example, the anniversary since the time the person was missing.

10. Contact a private investigator. When the police either aren't investigating a case to your satisfaction or have given up altogether, the services of a trained private investigator are always available, if you have the money. Private investigator most;y charge per hour and usually include an upfront retainer deposit that is put toward the final price. Most established private investigators are former law enforcement officers. Be sure to do some policing of your own when choosing one, and find a person or company with a strong record of documented success stories.

11. Never give up. As cases such as the triple kidnapping in Cleveland, or others show, people who are abducted can be found several months or even years later. It's important to maintain hope throughout your search. Several organizations, such as the Center for Hope and the CUE Center for Missing Persons, offer support groups for family members of missing people. Local support groups also exist, so check other local organization search tools to find them.

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