A Missing person investigations are simply the best way to find out the truth about anyone you cannot find.
On average, more than 800,000 people are reported as missing and are entered into FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) annually. Of these, 85%-90% are minors. These statistics do not include those who are unofficially missing such as those who have not been reported as missing persons.
One of the big problems with police-led missing person searches is simply that the term missing persons is so narrow. Police will only begin looking for a missing child at a specific amount of time after the child was last seen and by that time, it may be too late if the child has been kidnapped by a pedophile or child killer. Police are also reluctant, due to thinning resources, to search for people who voluntarily left home or for those who live on the streets. Even in a police-led missing person search, police will stop looking after a certain amount of time and will declare the case a cold case.
Police do their best with the resources they have, but law enforcement simply is not equipped to deal with the crime rates today. Anyone who wants real answers and fast needs to speak to a private investigator. A professional investigator will start looking for someone as soon as you feel uneasy and will continue to search as long as you are still looking for answers.
Who Hires Investigators to Find Missing Persons?
The answer to that is just about everyone. You can launch a missing person investigation to find:
Long lost loved ones or family members who have voluntarily disappeared or run away.
Fugitives you need to find.
Debtors for your money.
Missing persons who have been gone a long time and are part of a cold case.
Runaways and minors who have been kidnapped.
Basically, if you are worrying about someone's whereabouts and wish to locate someone who is not easy to find, a qualified missing persons investigator will be able to use advanced techniques to help find the person you are looking for.
People Locate and Skip Trace Investigation
A skip trace is an investigative technique that finds an individual, usually one who has skipped out on a legal or financial obligation though it is not limited to those matters. People locate and skip trace investigations commonly accomplish things like tracking down defendants who have missed court appearances or skipped bail, locating individuals who need to be served with legal documents, or tracking down a person on behalf of a debtor.
Why You May Need a People Locate or Skip Trace?
You need to locate a debtor who has defaulted on payments
You need to find a current address for a family member requiring family court documents (i.e. child support, divorce)
Your client is a defendant in a court case and missed a hearing.
You need to locate an individual to inform them about assets or an inheritance.