private investigator to find someone, that you’ve been searching for, is the last resort.
Well be rest assured there is hope!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before continuing with this article and before you hire a private investigator to find someone, you should consider reporting any missing person to the police; particularly children.
The police will usually only be concerned where children are missing or vulnerable people such as mentally, or physically retarded.
Don’t go asking the police to find a debtor for you; unless a crime has been committed by the absconder.
Also, DO NOT consider illegally hiring a private investigator to find someone. It has been known for criminals to use private investigators to locate people for their own bad-intentions to do harm. This is illegal.
Why Does Someone Go Missing?
A missing person is really only a missing to those needing to find them, for whatever reason. The “missing person” may not know or be aware that they are being sought after and will not consider themselves as missing.
But whether or not the person is aware of being missing can still be very distressing for those needing to find them, particularly with relatives.
The majority of missing persons are missing because they want to be and not because of abduction or being lost. Usually there are reasons for someone to go missing such as:
+ Money or debt problems
+ Family arguments
+ Marital problems
+ Psychological problems
+ Work stress
+ Some unbearable problem they are running away from
The runaway person has found some situation in life that has become so difficult that they need to get away or skip town.
The missing person - or “skip” as they are also known - has lost the ability to confront (comfortably face) an area of their life and have become effect of it.
The solution is to get the runaway back to a condition where they feel they can confront the area of life they are running away from – but first you have to find them!
Can A Private Investigator Find Someone?
Missing persons investigations or skip tracing generally covers finding runaways, lost relatives and debtors; but, are also used in the legal and finance sectors to locate beneficiaries and even witnesses.
Private investigators have developed methods to evaluate situations from the information they are given, and from this they can move in a logical fashion in locating the missing person.
What Information Does A Missing Person Investigator Need To Find Someone?
The more information that’s available to the investigator the better. So whatever you have, no matter how small or insignificant you feel something is, hand it over. Your case may be impeded and take longer if you don’t supply all the information you have.
Depending on who it is that is looking for someone will usually dictate what information is available. If you are a business looking for a debtor then the information will most likely be related to a financial agreement. If a family member looking for a birth parent then a birth certificate will be available.
Here’s a list of some of the top pieces of information a missing person detective will need when you hire them:
+ Full name
+ 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
+ Passport details
+ Driving licence details
+ Car details
+ Bank and credit card details
+ Relatives and friends
+ Habits, hobbies and hangout places
+ Recent trips
+ Medical history
+ Education and qualifications
+ Any life problems (money, relationships, etc.)
+ Any police involvement
This information checklist is by no means complete but will give you some idea of what information is needed when you hire a private investigator to find someone.
As we have said, it is very important to provide as much information to the investigator as you can – it’s in your best interest.
The investigator will also ask you these key questions or something similar when you hire them at the start, before conducting any type of missing persons enquiries.
How Long Does It Take For A Private Investigator To Find A Person?
Missing persons investigations and the length of time used to find someone who’s missing varies. Some simple cases take only hours with more lengthy, complex cases taking weeks or even months.
There are a number of factors to consider when talking about how long it takes to find someone. Some of these factors include:
+ 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
These are some things to consider when you want a private investigator to find a person.
The investigator will be able to assess whether the case is going to be simple or difficult and may be able to give you an indication of time. But do not expect the estimate to be guaranteed as missing persons cases can take unusual turns, altering the length of time.
The investigator will usually keep you informed on how your case is progressing.