Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How To Gather Data In Finding Missing Persons

Someone you care about is missing. Your loved one did not come home. Maybe, he or she did not show up at work. This is a situation where you wish is all but a bad dream. Here is a list of what could you do to begin with. Another thing you should do is to gather information about the person and how they spent their day before they went missing.

Remember that finding a missing person is like doing a crossword puzzle. You need all the pieces despite what you think about how small that piece is or how irrelevant it may seem for now. Never assume that any piece of information is not important. Do everything that you can to fill in the basic profile of the person and time-line of the day. The data can sometimes lead you directly to the person that you are searching for. Sometimes it will give you a bridge to another piece of information that can point you in correct direction.

Data could be known data or assumed data. Known data are made of hard facts. Here are some of known data of hard facts that may be relevant:
  • First, Middle and Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • High School attended
  • College attended
  • Known previous addresses
  • Employment History
  • Names of relatives
  • Addresses of relatives
  • Known friends and associates
Assumed data is more gentle but is important. It consists of things that the missing person may have said to you or someone else about where they would move to if they ever had a chance, or what college they wanted to go to, or if they were under too much stress, or if they were scared of somebody. These simple details are very helpful and may give you the clues. While you have no way of knowing if this assumed data will ever prove to be valuable, its good to have this information available in case you hit dead ends and want to expand your search.

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