It is unimaginable what a family goes through when they realize a loved one is missing. It’s no doubt there are many questions about what to do.
First and foremost, contact the police. Ask them to set out a “BOLO” which stands for “Be On the Look Out” give them thorough description of your loved one, and use their set of eyes to get the investigation started. Please understand that police officers don’t take immediate action when a person is declared missing – especially if they are considered adults.
Always contact a licensed Private Investigator immediately after you call your local law enforcement. I understand that a missing loved one is soul crushing, but there are specific avenues that must be met before your case is handled by a federal agency.
It has been our experience that most law enforcement personnel believe that missing persons go missing for one of the following reasons. However, we know that you know your loved one best, our investigators will work with your knowledge and our experience to find and bring your loved ones back home.
- They had an argument with parents or family
- They had an argument with their significant other
- They ran away and now are afraid of returning back
- They are afraid of the consequences if they are found
- They are involved in drug use
- They are a run-away
- They were kidnapped
All of these are things that only you, or a loved one, would know or suspect. Regardless of the reason, don’t let the clock tick. In most missing persons investigations, time is of the essence. In the worst of scenarios, a kidnapped person or run-away can travel across state lines within 12 hours of going missing, and across the United States within 72 hours. It is imperative that an investigator gets on the case as quickly as possible.
Hopefully you will never have to deal with this type of situation, but if you do, let our experts help you.