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Do You Know How to Conduct a Missing Person Investigation?

Hw to track down a missing personAccording to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, at any given time more than 90,000 people are missing in the United States. That is an overwhelming number. But it is truly the family and friends of the missing who experience the most palpable feelings of fear and despair.

For family and friends of the missing, working with law enforcement is often a double edge sword. Yes, law enforcement has the experience and knowledge to conduct an investigation, but they are often limited to what they can do. Department budget constraints and resources are often a big deterrent to conducting thorough investigations. It is because of these restraints that loved ones of the missing seek the assistance of a private investigator.

At BrightStar Investigations, our private detectives know a thing or two about locating people.  Below are just a few of the techniques we apply to find the missing.

Here’s How to Track Down a Missing Person

We Search License Plate Scanners 

License plate scanners are everywhere. It seems like just about every road and toll has them. The use of license plate scanners has helped solve many crimes and find many missing people. Private investigators routinely use proprietary sources to obtain the data from license plate scanners. In fact, at BrightStar Investigations, our use of a license plate scanner helped us find a fugitive who was on the run for 3 years.

We Search Online Databases 

There are certain online databases that are only available to licensed private investigators. From criminal records to credit reports, private investigators can access a multitude of databases at once to find valuable information on missing persons last know whereabouts.

We Check Out Social Media 

A skilled tech-savvy private detective can still find private social media posts and profiles. Even if the missing person has limited social media interaction, a skilled PI can use the platforms to identify people of interest and track their movements.

We Conduct Interviews

Very rarely do people disappear without a trace. Usually, someone somewhere saw something.  As private investigators, it is our job to filter out who knows what. We take the time to interview and re-interview everyone involved, right down to the cashier who sold the missing person a pack cigarettes on the day she/he went missing.

If you need help finding a missing person, hire a private eye from BrightStar Investigations to help you locate the person today.