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How to Find a Missing Person

Every day, approximately 2,000 children are reported missing. Following this guide will give you tips on how to find a missing person.


  • Step 1: Call local law Call your local law enforcement immediately. Provide the person's name, date of birth, height, weight, and hair and eye colors.
  • Step 2: Give unique identifiers Describe to the police any unique identifiers, such as tattoos, eyeglasses, braces, and the clothes the missing person was last seen wearing.
  • Step 3: Request advertisement Request that the missing person's name be put into the National Crime Information Center's Missing Person File.
  • Step 4: Check your home Look for a child in your home. Check piles of laundry, closets, inside large appliances, under beds, and inside vehicles.
  • Step 5: Put ad in paper Put an ad with their picture in the local and surrounding area newspapers. Post pictures around the neighborhood and in local businesses.
  • TIP: Keep a current picture and a fingerprint of your loved ones.
  • Step 6: Check to see if deceased Check to see if a person is deceased by checking the Social Security Death Index on the internet.
  • FACT: The Amber Alert Program was named after Amber Hagerman; it is designed to instantly galvanize the community to search for a missing child.

You Will Need

  • Police
  • Accurate description
  • Advertisement
  • Pictures
  • Internet access
  • Current photograph (optional)
  • Fingerprint (optional)

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