Missing Person Investigation

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MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION


Who may be classified as a Missing Person?

A person who is absent under circumstances indicating unaccountable or involuntary disappearance.

We at Inter-Pro Investigations conduct a complete and thorough investigation for a person who is reported to law enforcement authorities and is classified as missing from a New York State residence. We also investigate cases where the missing person is mentally or physically impaired, or he/she has run away from home in another State and there is a possibility that he/she may be located in New York. Generally, the investigation of a Missing Person should be commenced as soon as possible, with a search initiating at the location where the missing person was last observed. Our objective is to ensure the safe return of your loved one.


Runaway Children

The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART) estimated 1,682,900 youth had a runaway or throwaway episode during 1999. Fortunately, NISMART also found that 77% of all runaways return home within a week. It is often assumed that runaways are not at significant risk away from home. To the contrary, NISMART found that many runaways engage in criminal activity; associate with a "violent" person; use hard drugs (or associate with someone known to be abusing drugs); or are sexually assaulted or engage in sexual activity (for money, drugs, food or shelter) during the course of the "episode".

MISSING PERSONS CHECKLIST

(UNITED STATES)

The Doe Network


You know your loved one better than anyone. If you feel something is amiss, you may have to convince law enforcement. Also keep in mind that if foul play is suspected, a family has to be cleared first.


IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUSPECTING A LOVED ONE OF MISSING:

  • Look around the home, property in case your loved one is hiding, has fallen or is hurt. Keep an eye out for any notes or clues.
  • Contact family, friends, work and/or school to verify person is actually missing.
  • Contact family, friends, work and/or school to verify person is actually missing.
  • Contact family, friends, work and/or school to verify person is actually missing.
  • Contact family, friends, work and/or school to verify person is actually missing.
  • Keep a journal or notebook from the very beginning to include – every phone conversation, names, dates, times, what was discussed, points of contacts, what has been done, searches conducted, family and friends involved, and anything that seems out of the ordinary or suspicious. A trusted family member or friend can help you with these tasks.


THE FIRST 24 HOURS (THERE IS NO 24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD!)

  • File a missing persons report by contacting local, county OR state law enforcement (LE). Or you may call 9-1-1. When speaking to LE it is important to be completely honest regarding the circumstances involving your loved one’s disappearance. If your loved one was involved in illegal activities, drugs, etc., it is very important that detectives be made aware. Despite some public opinion, this does not make the case less important to detectives.
  • Keep a copy of the case number and name/phone number of detective assigned to the case.
  • Request information to be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and keep a copy of the NCIC number - starts with “M” followed by nine numbers (ex: M-123456789). (NOTE: Some LE are reluctant to give out the NCIC number – just make sure your loved one has been entered.)
  • Contact local hospitals including psychiatric wards, drug rehabilitation centers, and short-term emergency clinics. Include surrounding county and city hospitals (including ones in larger cities around your area). Consider covering a 50-mile radius. (Note, hospitals may not release patient information due to HIPAA laws, so consider faxing fliers to the hospital and request they put them in their emergency room.)
(Note, hospitals may not release patient information due to HIPAA laws, so consider faxing fliers to the hospital and request they put them in their emergency room.)
  • Contact local jails or juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and area motels.
  • Contact the state (and surrounding state) medical examiner’s (ME) office or coroner to inquire about any unidentified persons they may have. (Note: Some ME/Coroner’s Offices are too large to accept individual missing person’s flyers so you may have to simply contact them periodically to inquire about unidentified persons.)
  • If your loved one’s car is also missing, check with local towing yards and impound lots within a 50-mile radius. Also, check the department of motor vehicle to see if tags have been turned in, any moving violations have occurred, and if the car is under a suspension.
  • Contact the Red Cross in the event there was an accident and they have had contact with your loved one.
  • Contact the Salvation Army in the event your loved one has been staying in their shelters.
  • Contact the local Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Depending upon the circumstances of disappearance, a man tracker can locate someone whom may have left on foot. He/she should be one of the first on the scene as the scene is likely to become degraded as more people/dogs are around. Texas EquuSearch is also an excellent resource. Their website is www.texasequusearch.org. Organize family, friends and community to conduct subsequent searches. (Note: Most police agencies have to authorize searches.)
  • Drive and/or walk the areas your loved one frequents. If your loved one was driving, be on the lookout for areas that appear to be places where a car may have left the road. Some vehicle accidents may be hidden by brush.
  • Make a list of contacts for Law Enforcement. The list should include friends and places frequented by the missing person. Include full names, phone numbers, home addresses, and work numbers and work addresses.

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MISSING PERSON
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REWARD

AERYN’S FAMILY HAS POSTED AN UNSPECIFIED REWARD FOR ANYONE PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING HIS DISAPPEARANCE.

Contact: Office of American Citizens Services at (202) 647-2867

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