Even if They Don't Want to Be Found
In law enforcement terminology, a Missing Person is someone who has vanished under unusual circumstances, and may be in danger. This would include teen runaways, people who are struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, or suffering from depression and have threatened to harm themselves. Of course, there are also the rare, but terrifying instances of those who vanish under suspicious circumstances, and may have been involved in an accident or been the victim of a crime. In each of these cases, private investigators can help.
Often, people with information are reluctant to talk to police, because they are afraid of getting in trouble. These people may feel more comfortable talking to private investigators, because they know we are only interested in finding the missing person, and we aren’t looking for someone to arrest. Private investigators are also not bound by the same rules that govern law enforcement actions, which means we can employ more creative tactics to get results. We are also able to “clear our desk” to pursue a missing person case, whereas police investigators have to split their time between the twenty to fifty other cases assigned to them.
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These are people who have disappeared of their own accord, usually to avoid some obligation or legal consequence. They may be trying to evade notice, but there is no concern that they are in danger. Some examples would be people who have skipped out on debts, stolen property, are involved in extra-marital affairs, or know that police have issued a warrant for their arrest. Locating these kinds of people is known as “skiptracing,” or “fugitive recovery.”
Some of them go to extreme lengths to avoid detection, such as going by their middle name, their maiden name, or changing their name altogether. They may assume the identity of another person, change their appearance, change jobs, or even flee the country.
A complex skiptrace case usually involves talking to many different people, conducting online research and surveillance, and coordinating with law enforcement as necessary. A private investigator’s non-police status can be key to resolving the search for these people quickly and peacefully.
Type 3’s are people who aren’t in danger, and aren’t trying to evade creditors or the police. They are usually law-abiding citizens living normal, average lives somewhere, and have no idea anyone is looking for them. This is the largest category of missing persons and can include things like; beneficiaries of life insurance policies or wills, absent property owners, the biological parents of an adopted child, witnesses to a crime, estranged family members, friends from youth, or a long-lost romantic interest.
Despite a person living in the open and not trying to evade detection, it can be surprisingly difficult to locate a particular person in a population of 350 million. You can imagine trying to find John Smith, for example. It becomes a little easier, however, when you have access to powerful databases that collect billions of records and transactions throughout the U.S., in every state, and from a wide variety of sources. These are not the simple public databases that anyone can pay to search; these are restricted databases that require a licensed private investigation company, which is vetted and approved. These restricted databases have evolved over the past thirty years, and the information contained in today’s versions is astounding.
We have full access to several of these databases. Why use multiple databases? With so much information online these days, it is impossible for one site to have everything. By cross-checking these and other databases against each other, we gain a good sense of which data is fresh and accurate, and corroborate database reliability.
With these databases, we can learn things like address histories, known associates, relatives, phone numbers, social security numbers, vehicle registrations, driver’s license information, criminal histories, tax records, property records, civil lawsuits, marriage, divorce, birth and death records. We can also find assets and bank records. With such comprehensive information at our fingertips, it would be difficult for a person in today’s technologically reliant world to stay hidden for long.
We have tracked missing persons from Texas, to Missouri, to Colorado, California, and Washington. There is nowhere a person can hide for long. It really depends on just how badly they need to be found, and what kind of resources can be applied to finding them. We have the right tools for the job, and can significantly increase the chances of finding your missing person.
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