+ Money or debt problems+ Family arguments+ Marital problems+ Psychological problems+ Work stress+ Having committed a crime+ Fugitive on the run+ Some unbearable problem they are running away from
+ Full name(s)+ Most up-to-date photograph or full description+ Last known address+ Previous addresses+ Contact details (phone numbers / email addresses).+ Date and place of birth+ Occupation and employers details+ Previous employers details+ Marital status+ Nationality+ Passport details+ Driving licence details+ Car details+ Bank and credit card statements+ Relatives and friends+ Habits, hobbies and hangout places+ Recent trips+ Medical history+ Education and qualifications+ Any life problems (money, relationships, etc.)+ Any police involvement
+ The type and amount of information available regarding the missing person+ The age and quality of the information that’s available+ Is the missing person avoiding being found (as with debtors)+ Cost and how much you are willing to spend
+ Phone calls to the last known address, neighbours, work, friends, etc.+ Internet research, social media accounts, online directories+ Online records research
+ An open approach: this method is overt (open, not hidden) and is used when there is no reason to hide the fact the missing person is being searched for, such as an old friend or family member.+ A closed approach: this method is covert (hidden) where the investigator will need to use his wits, imagination and acting skills to find out information. This method is usually used in finding debtors, fugitives or runaway teenagers that don’t want to be found.
+ They do web based searches only+ They are limited to the data on their system+ The data can be old and outdated+ There are no other searches done outside of their system+ They don’t do any physical enquiries
+ They also use online databases+ They will search beyond these databases+ They will conduct house to house / physical enquiries
+ The investigator you hire, their experience+ The location, town, city, country, of the investigator you hire+ The complexity of your case+ What methods are needed to be employed