What To Do When A Loved One Goes Missing
1. First, you need to determine whether the person is actually missing. Oftentimes, people leave and don’t want to be found. Of course, this does not apply to those with mental health issues, dependency problems, juveniles or those who may not be dressed for the weather. The way and manner in which the missing person left also plays a role in deciding whether they’re considered missing.
2. Then you call the local police to make a report. There is a fallacy that one must wait twenty four hours before the police will take a report. This is false. I believe this rumor started from old episodes of the television show Dragnet, but I don’t know. The local police (or Sheriff's office) will open a case. What does that do you may ask? Well, the most important thing it’ll do is the missing person will be entered into the statewide (and sometimes national) database for other law enforcement agencies to notify the person if they’re ever found. Of course, this is only effective if the person wants to be found. Some members of the public believe when a missing person is found they’re secured by the police and returned home. The answer is no. Depending on the agency's policy, most will just advise the person they were entered into the missing person database. As long as there's no outstanding issues with the person, mental health issues, drug dependence etc. the person is free to go. Most times the person who made the report is never notified the police made contact with the person.
3. Next, log on to namus.gov and enter the person into the public database. NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. This government organization is a resource for law enforcement to connect victims and technology in order to locate, identify and reunite missing people.
4. Use social media to spread the word about your missing person. Oftentimes, our paths cross with people who very well may be reported as missing. We’re none the wiser so we say hello and go about our day. Seeing a well written post about the person with dates, times and descriptions may help find the person quicker.
5. Contact a professional private investigator to find your loved one. Organizations like Private Manhunt has members all across the United States trained and experienced professionals. Oftentimes, your local police department will not make finding your missing person a high priority. This is due to several reasons including under funding, staffing crisis’ or limited resources. Depending on the seriousness of the circumstances, it's most likely they do not produce flyers and pound the pavement in an attempt to find them. The good news is this is exactly what a professional private investigator will do! A good PI knows time is of the essence and depends on their customers for a paycheck. The PI will begin work on your case immediately and won’t rest until you have the closure you need.
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This Blog is written by Suburban's security experts, with contributions from industry experts. Nothing in these posts should be considered binding between the reader and Suburban's security team nor should it be considered legal advice. Just fun tips to help "Protect Your Most Valuable asset".