How Does A Private Investigator Find Someone?
When you hire a private investigator to locate someone, you are hiring someone who usually has years of training and experience in tracking people down. They will have developed their people tracing methods and resources over the years, while working as a PI, and perfected their skills, knowledge, methods and resources, as well as their wit.
To give you some idea as to how a private investigator will proceed in tracking someone down; first of all, they will ask you for the information mentioned above. They will evaluate the information you give them to build some form of life picture of the missing person and develop a plan of search. The investigator will start making enquiries from their office, as this is usually the cheapest and more efficient method. Such enquiries will consist of:
- Phone calls to the last known address, neighbors, work, friends, etc.
- Internet research, social media accounts, online directories
- Online records research
There are many avenues for the investigator to pursue when searching for someone and its surprising what information is available - if you know where to look. If, however, they come to a halt, with no more avenues just dead ends, they will then need to do some, what is called, “leg-work”. Leg-work is simply moving out from the office and making physical inquiries. The investigator will visit the last known address, relatives, and places the missing person could be.