When an adult loved one goes missing, the people they leave behind often experience a spectrum of emotion, from fear to guilt and even anger. When the case is unresolved, hopelessness and desperation may be added to the mix. In times like these, you may find peace and closure by taking matters into your own hands. From hanging up flyers to hiring a private investigator, here are some ways you can get more answers.
What to Do After a Loved One Is Reported Missing
Provide Plenty of Detail
Think back to what they were wearing on the last day you saw them, and be sure to share any information about where they planned to go or who they were going to see afterward. Additionally, provide recent photos and written correspondence, as well as insights into their daily activities, including their usual schedule, route to work, and favorite places to eat. No detail is too small when it comes to locating a missing person.
After sharing this information with the police, you and your family can join forces to help get the word out to your community. Create flyers and post them around your missing loved one’s town to grab the attention of people you may not know. You can also share the flyer on social media channels and with your local news stations, requesting that everyone who sees it to help spread the word. Depending on your situation, you may even consider listing some type of monetary award for any information that leads to the uncovering of their whereabouts.
Enlist Help From a Private Investigator
Since they’re part of the private sector, private investigators generally have more time to commit to their cases, whereas law enforcement is often busy serving the entire community. Do your research before working with a PI to ensure they’re licensed and insured to do business in your state. For best results, ask for references and insist that a contract is signed by both parties laying out what services are expected.
If a friend or family member ever goes missing, The Hawaii Investigative Group in Honolulu, HI, will help gather information to find them. Since 1967, they’ve assisted the island with missing persons, background checks, financial investigations, and corporate espionage. Their team of private investigators is licensed and registered locally, nationally, and internationally. Led by Steve Goodenow, the team draws upon their expansive knowledge of the inner workings of both law enforcement and the private sector to help clients uncover or protect sensitive information. Send a message online or call (808) 526-3245 to schedule an appointment.