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 family member has just suddenly disappeared. While sometimes the police are involved in this type of case, we are often brought in when the police trail goes cold, or when the police are uninterested or unable to commit any further resources to the finding this person.

Runaways rarely get much attention from law enforcement, and our background with students often gives us an advantage in having ideas about where to start. These types of cases tend to be time intensive, as we will interview as many people as possible in order to to try locate clues and insights into where someone might have gone.

You may or may not know why this person has disappeared. But chances are, if you don’t know why, there is someone who does. We are willing to dig deep, talk to people, and look under every rock to get a clue. We will get every piece of information we can from you, and then start down the list of every person who might have that one piece of crucial information. For some, it can be frustrating to conduct ten interviews and get no information. We know that the 11th, or the 15th, or the 23rd interview may be “the one.” We keep asking and keep looking until there is nowhere else to look.

The other type of missing person we often encounter is the friend or family member from whom you are estranged. It may not be that this person is actually missing, but rather that you have lost touch with them. We can often track these people down in just a few days. When someone is not actively hiding, we have a good chance of picking up their trail and finding them for you. In these types of cases, we have a firm policy of initiating contact with them once they are found and then seeing if they are willing to meet with or talk with you. We will not share their personal details or location without their permission. This is for everyone’s physical, emotional and legal protection.

This is also true if you are looking for a parent from an adoption. Depending on how much information you have, there are different ways to try to track down a long lost biological parent. If we can track that individual down, we will meet with them to see if they are willing to establish a relationship with you.

If you are looking for a missing person, contact us today and we will talk about how we can help you find that individual.


Keith Owens is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

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