Missing Persons Investigators

Missing persons investigators are hired by loved ones when mysteries need solved and loved ones need found. Unlike law enforcement officials, missing persons investigators may take on any type of missing persons case, even those that are deemed cold cases by law enforcement or are not considering missing persons cases at all.

Who hires investigators to find missing persons?

Missing persons investigators are hired by loved ones when mysteries need solved and loved ones need found. So, the answer to that is just about everyone. You can launch a missing persons 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 worried 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.

Missing persons investigations are simply the best way to find out the truth about anyone you cannot find.

One of the big problems with police-led missing persons 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.

Missing persons investigation delails

Unlike law enforcement officials, who must operate under a strict set of laws regarding searching for missing persons (many of which are quite narrow), missing persons investigators may take on any type of missing persons case, even those that are deemed cold cases by law enforcement or are not considering missing persons cases at all.

This is because the term “missing persons” is a broad one that can be defined in a number of ways. Missing persons may be cold cases; they may not be legally classified as missing persons; or they may be active missing persons cases. As such, missing persons investigators may help locate missing persons in any number of circumstances:

  • They may work alongside law enforcement officials in active missing persons cases, augmenting a current missing persons search or pursuing leads not considered credible by law enforcement.
  • They may open a missing persons case and actively begin searching before law enforcement considers it a missing persons case.
  • They may help families reconnect with separated loved ones.
  • They may work with families to readdress cold missing persons cases that have been closed by law enforcement.
  • They may help families seek additional answers on the missing persons cases of loved ones.
  • They may help families find a missing loved one that is not considered “missing” in the eyes of the law.
  • They may help find missing debtors, heirs, or witnesses.

Because of the many circumstances under which someone may be considered missing, missing persons investigators must be well-equipped to handle any number of circumstances and must be prepared to deal with emotionally charged situations and grief-stricken clients. However, this profession can be incredibly gratifying and exhilarating, as well, thereby attracting a number of private investigators to specialize in missing persons.

The Role of a Private Investigator

Tracing and finding a missing person is one of the most varied investigations we carry out, with the method depending largely on the information we have, and whether or not that person wants to be found, or even knows they are being sought.

What professional investigators use to find missing persons

  • Fugitive recovery agents. These investigators are experts at locating fleeing criminals and debtors. They are not limited by the same laws as police and so can enter virtually any place they believe a criminal is hiding.
  • Physical searches by air, land, sea. Private investigators use a number of vehicles to search areas the average person has no access to.
  • Networking with other private investigators or paying informants. Private investigators often have extensive networks of people they can recruit to help them in a search.
  • Surveillance and videotaping. Investigators can observe places where a missing person is likely to be or can observe and track a suspect in a missing persons case.
  • Searching hospitals and mortuaries. Private investigators can search through a number of facilities where a victim may be.
  • Doing background checks, questioning witnesses, and other investigative techniques. Private investigators can turn to others to isolate likely suspects or likely sources of aid in finding a missing person.
Missing Persons Investigators Methods

Experience in tracing missing people

Our team has years of experience in tracing missing people and we do not simply rely on outdated information available on the internet. We use a combination of investigative techniques including searching public records, business records like director information, and voter registration, together with other sources at our disposal. Where necessary, we will visit friends and family and carry out physical searches of their last known address.

When we have tracked down the missing person, we will provide you with their contact details. If you want, we can make contact with the person on your behalf and arrange to set up a meeting. In certain circumstances you may wish us to carry out a situation report, so that you know a little about the person before contact is made. This is usually most helpful when tracing distant relatives or people you have not seen for some time, or never met.

We have an excellent track record of finding people where other investigations have failed, we always comply with data protection and privacy laws which debtors often hide behind. This can make the investigation last longer, but we have the determination and patience to succeed in our task. Insight Investigations enjoys one of the highest success rates in the industry, and we have a reputation for rooting out the most elusive of people.