This policy covers both missing and absent persons. It does, however recognise that there is a duty to pay proper regard in those cases where a non-vulnerable adult has made an informed choice to go missing.
Why won't the Police Help Me?
Generally, the ploice have to meet one of four criteria. Adults have the right to not show up at work or to leave their homes. In the [ublic sector, police cannot go through their phone records or search their homes, thereby violating their constitutional rights to privacy. In the private sector, at CRI we are able to so, AND Tthen much more. The police are not trained and we are highly trained Operatives who se job is only missing persons and have the skills, tools and techniques.
One of the following four criteria is needed to meet the definition of an adult missing person, according to federal guidelines for law enforcement:
The person who cannot be found has dementia or another mental disability.
The person could be in physical danger. For example, he or she has been separated from needed medications.
Circumstances suggest the person's departure was not voluntary.
The person last was seen prior to a catastrophe, such as a building collapse.
Our Policy Statement
CRI will respond appropriately to reports of missing and absent persons. Every report shall be risk assessed so that missing persons who may be vulnerable or represent a high risk will be immediately identified. This process shall be ongoing, dynamic and supervised in each and every case. CRI Operatives shall focus on locating the person safely and mitigating any risk posed to others. Where criminality is associated with either the initial disappearance or subsequent harbouring of those wishing to remain absent, this will be subject of positive combined police cooperative activity.
Categories of Missing Person
Missing persons can generally be described as:
A lost person who is temporarily disorientated and would wish to be found, someone who has gone walking and does not know where they are.
A person who has voluntarily gone missing who has control over their actions and who has decided upon a course of action, wishes to leave home or commit suicide
A person under the influence of a third party who has gone missing against their will, abduction or murder victim.
Where there are grounds to believe the absence is careless or deliberate with no apparent risk, or the level of risk is a tolerable one not meeting the threshold for a police led missing person investigation, this category should be considered. Examples of situations which may initially be classified as 'absent' are:
Running away from a care home after a dispute with a member of staff;
Failing to return on time
Staying at a known location with a friend
Missing Persons as victims of crime
Other Mental Illness
Drugs/Alcohol Dependency Issues
All staff taking a report of an 'absent' or 'missing' person must start with the viewpoint that it is a potential serious crime enquiry. All aspects of a missing person enquiry must be dealt with expeditiously, particularly the interviewing of witnesses and the searching of relevant addresses and place last seen or last known place. It is essential that such enquiries focus on identifying factors which may give cause for concern eg:
behaviour out of character
no property/cash missing
signs of violence
previous history of domestic abuse
indicators of honour based violence/forced marriage
demeanour around time of disappearance
recent Internet activity prior to disappearance
Client is required to send necessary documents: police reports, chronology of circumstances of disappearance, background history or short biography of missing person to include all the items on the Missing Persons Data Sheet that will be faxed, emailed or completed via telephone questionnaire.
Call us to receive our required missing persons form. Oce completed and returned, we will begin the investigation. Our staff can then begin building your case file:
Review client information and conduct biographical analysis. We will attempt to identify if the subject is missing because of foul play, or having disappeared and possibly on the streets homeless or delusional, a victim of domestic abuse, mental illness, drug addiction, or alcoholism. In cases where there are suspicions of foul play it is imperative that the intervention be expedient.
Analyze geographical areas of interest based on urban or rural demographics.Develop logistics for physical search site. We will develop integrating zone fields to include area buildings, community interest points and areas conducive to the missing persons last prior behavior, psychological demeanor at time of disappearance, and psychological profile from teen years to present. Any medical and psychological records are to be provided by client. Further, this search will provide a basis for flyer distribution in these areas to develop public awareness for their assistance.
Flyer Creation. Work with graphics designer to develop a flyer substantially more engaging to the public eye by using various photos provided by the client and list of identifiers for noting physical build, eye color, hair etc.
Family Consultations. Continue ongoing family discussion about the case in attempt to gain continued knowledge of the missing. Create Missing Person Comprehensive Data Sheet. This data will assist in the field investigation by compiling and detailing the missing person’s identifying data, a tracing sheet of attachments to include personal information including financial, legal, medical, community, education and employment, vehicle and driver information, utilities, and communications.
Cost Estimate. Based on the information given we will create a cost estimate to include expenses and labor for the Phase 2 investigation. This will include labor, expenses such as hotel, vehicle, meals, and flight to the focused area derived from the Phase 1 investigation.
MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION | PHASE TWO
PHASE TWO - IS THE LOCATE
This phase is required to investigate further if the facts of PHASE 1 investigation document the leads that reveals the location of the missing person. These leads to require travel to establish communication. For Example. If the subject is missing from circumstances arising from Foul Play, Mental Illness, Homelessness or anything else then this phase is required to complete the assignment.
The Team Leader shall maintain close contact with the Client to ensure they know everything the Agency knows and that all that can and will be done to find the person in question. If and when the person is located, all personnel involved in the search effort, including those from outside our agency, will be contacted.
Depending upon the nature of the case, indoor and outdoor common areas and parking lots may be thoroughly canvassed for the missing person. If the missing person is not located within a reasonable time, the Team Leader may alert additional members of our sqaud. Flyers and photographs of the individual may be circulated throughout the county/state in an effort to establish the missing person’s whereabouts. The Team Leader will maintain close contact with the families of missing persons to ensure all available leads are fully exploited.
One of the big problems with police-led missing persons searches is simply they do not get involved in cases with persons over the age of 18 or considered an adult. They will engage in a small percentage of cases that might involve foul play, criminal activioty or a person that is under medical care and at risk.. Police are also reluctant, due to thinning resources, to search for people who voluntarily left home or for those who live on the streets. Even in a police-led missing person search, police will stop looking after a certain amount of time and will declare the case a cold case.
Anyone who wants real answers and fast needs to speak to an expert at CRI. A CRI investigator will start looking for someone as soon as you feel uneasy and will continue to search as long as you are still looking for answers.