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Missing Persons

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Missing Persons

What classifies someone as a missing person? Recently, I wrote about skip tracing, and how we at Owens Investigations classify “skips.” Even though many groups include any missing person in the skip category, for us a missing person is a different category worthy of it’s own classification and distinct approach in our investigative plan. For us, a missing person is someone that a family member or friend is looking to find because they are concerned about them or want to reestablish contact with them. They may have gone missing unexpectedly, such as a runaway, or maybe a...

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What is Skip Tracing?

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What is Skip Tracing?

Skip Tracing. Have you ever heard someone use this term, but you weren’t really sure what it meant? Today the term is used fairly broadly, so let’s see if I can help clarify it for you. Skip tracing refers to the act of finding a missing person. Initially, the term was used to refer to a person who was out of jail on bail or bond and then “skipped” town. The bail bondsman would then hire someone to track or “trace” the person and bring them back to jail, hence the term “skip tracer.” Today, however, I routinely see this word used, both in my...

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Do You Know Who You Are Dating?

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Do You Know Who You Are Dating?

Dating. Relationships. Almost every person has been there. So how did you meet your last date? In a bar? Online? Introduced by friends? At work? At church? Some things never change. We tend to meet the people with whom we enter into relationships in the places we hang out. I think that will always be true. Today’s focus seems to be about meeting people online. But that is not what this post is about. You see, I don’t think meeting someone online is bad any more than meeting someone in a thousand other places where we have always met people. Without a doubt, you can meet creepy...

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Texas Voter ID Law Update – Federal Lawsuit

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Texas Voter ID Law Update – Federal Lawsuit

Back in June, I wrote about the Texas Voter ID law that would require all voters in Texas to have a valid ID, such as a driver license or the new Texas Voter ID. This law was passed in 2011 but that had been on hold because a federal court had blocked the law in August of last year. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that struck down key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act had apparently cleared the way for Texas to move forward with implementation of the law. On Thursday, the Justice Department filed suit to keep Texas from doing just that. The Justice Department said in a...

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Be Careful in School Zones!

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Be Careful in School Zones!

School is starting! Some are excited about that (parents), some may not be (students), but there is one thing that effects almost everyone… school zones. It is important that we remember that school zones across the metroplex will be in full force on Monday, August 26, and that we all need to be careful to keep our speed at 20 mph (or whatever the posted speed is) and keep our eyes looking for children and parents that could be walking to school or crossing the street. There are a number of private schools that have already started classes this week! After almost 3 months of most...

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