Skip Tracing and Finding Missing Persons
If you're lucky, you've never been in a situation where you needed help finding missing persons. When things take an unexpected turn for the worst, what do you do when someone goes missing? Do you Google, "missing person San Diego"? You don't have to look any further, San Diego Private Investigation can handle it.
Types of Missing Person cases we handle
How to Find a Missing Person in San Diego and other Cities
Whether it's your friend, spouse, or close relative, when a person goes missing, your stress levels have probably escalated to epic proportions. Why aren't they answering their phone? Why aren't they home when they say they would be? You call their workplace and they're not there. You call every person you can think of who may know the whereabouts of your missing person but to no avail. It seems as though your loved one has disappeared off the planet. Panic courses throughout your veins and distress wash over you like a tsunami wave. Even though everything in your body is probably telling you to crawl into a hole and curl up into a ball, resist the urge. The actions you choose to do impact the likelihood of finding your missing person a great deal.
Alert the police and authorities
When trying to track down a missing person, time is of the utmost importance. Despite common belief, you do NOT need to wait 24 hours after discovering your missing person to contact the police. This blockbuster myth is very misleading and will delay the search investigation an entire day. If your loved one has some sort of physical or mental impairment, don't delay with reporting this person missing to the police! An Amber Alert or Silver Alert may need to be issued. An Amber Alert helps alert people nearby of an endangered missing or abducted child, usually followed by a car make, model, and license plate the child was last seen in. You may have seen an Amber Alert notification on your phone. A Silver Alert is another type of alert of a missing person that usually is a senior citizen with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other type of mental disability. You may see these types of alerts on highway interstate signs.
Call local hospitals, jails, and coroners
Any recent intake or activity in hospitals, jails, and/or coroners nearby may give you the information you need when tracking down your missing person. If your missing person ended up at the hospital without a cell phone, he or she would not be able to call you or remember your phone number. In jail, their belongings are taken away. Worst comes to worst, a coroner may have information that you are seeking, but hopefully, they come up with no names of your loved one.
Find their iPhone or other devices
If your missing person is lost but still has their iPhone, this is great news. If you have access to their computer such as a MacBook, you can use it to find their iPhone (and hopefully the missing person along with their phone). Even if their phone is dead, at the very least you can see where the phone was last powered on and go from there. There are also features where you can lock the iPhone remotely so the person cannot access it anymore and a feature where you can remotely turn on a sound so their phone beeps uncontrollably until you silence it
Monitor social media
When notifying the authorities of the missing person, it is important to give as many details as possible. What your person was wearing last you saw them, when, where, who they were with, etc. If your missing person has a distinctive feature such as a unique tattoo, large birthmark, or dyed hair, include this information as well. Current pictures are also very helpful and can be posted in advertisements or windows in gas stations so others can keep their eyes open for the missing person as well. Although the police may not be able to pass flyers out of your missing person's picture and description, it is not illegal in most states for you to do so on your own volition.
Continue to make calls with missing person's family and friend group
While you are out and about investigating and printing out and distributing flyers, remember to stay in the loop of other people in your missing person's web of friends and family. You may not be the first person the missing person reaches out to. No use in going through extra heartache and physical strain if your missing person turns up, but you're not able to be tracked down.
Call us To Help Find a Missing Person
When you having a missing person you need to find, you need all hands on deck. Call us at San Diego Private Investigation. We will take all of the information you have and create a case immediately. Unlike police missing person investigations where they are juggling hundreds of cases at once, we are focused on yours. Keep us updated with new findings and we will keep you in the loop as well. Don't worry about finances. We work very hard to make it affordable to all. Let us help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps for hiring a private detective to track down a missing person?
Depending on the investigator and the particulars of the case, the steps for hiring a private investigator to locate a missing person may vary case by case. Typically, the procedure usually entails getting in touch with a private investigator, giving them details about the missing individual, and coming to an agreement on a course of action and a price for their services.
What information would I need to give the investigator to help find a missing person?
You should expect to give as much information as possible. Such as, the missing person’s name, age, physical description, last known location, and any pertinent details about their habits, relationships, and events leading up to their disappearance should all be provided to the private investigator. Other helpful information to provide would be social security numbers, ID number, license tag info, phone records, social media information, and any online access you can provide.
What is the expected timeframe for finding a missing person?
Depending on the particulars of the case, the time it takes to find a missing person can vary significantly. While some instances can be handled in a matter of hours, others might take weeks, months, or even years.
What methods or steps might the investigator take for finding a missing person?
To find a missing individual, private investigators may employ a range of techniques, including interviewing witnesses, talking to people close to the person and the last people that they were around, carrying out surveillance, looking through public records and social media, and using specialist databases and software.
What is the cost of hiring a private investigator to find a missing person?
Depending on the intricacy of the case and the services needed, employing a private investigator to identify a missing person might cost anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000. While some charge by the hour, others may set a flat amount for the duration of the investigation.
Should a private investigator be able to provide references or recommendations from previous clients?
Yes indeed. Any reputable investigator should be able to provide references from previous clients or associates they’ve worked with.
What happens if the private investigator can’t find the missing person?
If the private investigator is unsuccessful in locating the missing person, they should either continue the investigation until they get a result or they should offer alternative resources or recommend alternative options for the investigation.
Will I receive regular updates or progress reports during the investigation?
Most definitely, any qualified private investigator should keep you updated on the search status and give you new information as it becomes available.
How can I be sure if the private investigator I choose is genuine and trustworthy?
Research is key to selecting the best private investigator for the job at hand. Check references and read reviews where available to form a good overview of the investigator’s previous performance and skill level. Where possible, sit down to a consultation with the private investigator and ask for credentials. A good investigator should be able to answer any questions you have and set your mind at ease over their competency level.
What is advised if I suspect foul play has lead to a person’s disappearance?
In any case where you suspect that the law has been broken you should report it to the authorities immediately. A private investigator in this scenario may also be useful for gathering information and helping with the investigation alongside law enforcement.
How to contact us
We want to be available to you! Contact us to find the answers you've been looking for. Our FREE case evaluation will allow us to diagnose the situation at hand. We want to be an affordable option for those who need help, so don't be afraid to contact us.
Discrete Professional Missing Persons Service in San Diego
Whether it be business matters or personal endeavors, our team will tackle the case. We offer discrete and professional services. Confidentiality and security-minded protection are of the utmost importance to us. At an affordable price, we can work within your budget. Our team will also keep you in a constant loop with new information obtained so we can work together to achieve your goal. The heartache and worry experienced when design with a missing person can feel unprecedented. We will do everything possible to help you find him or her. Our Private Investigators know how important this investigation is for you and tries to think of each case as if it were as personal to them as it is to you. They'll work hard to get you results. Our business has a proven track record. We get results for our clients
San Diego Zip Code and Neighborhoods We Serve
Flave La Costa
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La Costa Knolls
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San Elijo Ranch
Sky Loft Clusters
South Coast Park
Summit at Cantebria
The Terraces at Cantebria
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North Mission Hills
Upper San Jose St
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La Jolla Farms
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