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Tips for Locating Missing Persons

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If you’re dealing with a missing family member, friend or loved one, you may be understandably frightened or worried for their safety. Thankfully, utilizing legal support systems can help you take the proper action to ensure a missing person returns home safe and sound.The first 72 hours are the most crucial in locating missing persons. Read on for tips that may help you locate missing loved ones.

  1. Contact legal enforcement immediately. As soon as you feel you have reason to worry, call your local police department to file a missing persons report. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no need to wait a mandatory period of time before requesting a search. The more quickly you reach out, the more quickly local law enforcement can begin searching for your missing loved one. Provide as much information as possible, including notable physical characteristics, the missing person’s last known location, and any medical conditions that may endanger their well-being if they are not found.  

    Locating Missing Persons

    Locating Missing Persons

  2. Question the missing person’s friends, coworkers and other potential witnesses. Find out as much information as you can regarding the missing person’s last whereabouts, as well as any changes in behavior leading up to their disappearance. Report any new findings to the police officer handling your case.
  3. Call hospitals, coroners, and the local county jail. If the missing person has been involved in an accident or legal altercation, they may have been taken in by emergency personnel or law enforcement. While of course neither situation is ideal, knowing your loved one’s whereabouts will allow you to support them however possible. In the worst case scenario, you might find that the missing person has passed away and is being held at a local coroner’s office.
  4. Hire a private investigator to conduct a thorough search for your missing loved one. You may feel overwhelmed by employing the tips above on your own. A private investigator can take the burden of the search off your shoulders while you deal with the emotional burden of this difficult time. Unlike a police officer, a private investigator can spend as much time as you request conducting an investigation which might uncover your loved one’s whereabouts and ensure their well-being.

If you’re located in Charlotte NC or the surrounding areas, J.P. Investigations is an excellent choice for assistance in missing persons cases. Call (877) 990-2111 for your free consultation, and find out what a private investigator can do to bring missing family members, friends or loved ones back to safety.

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