Palladin Consulting Group, Inc. investigators have spent a majority of their collective 125 years of law enforcement and private investigations experience searching for, and locating, missing persons and individuals who do not want to be found. Based on these experiences, professional networking and a plethora of informational sources using Palladin Consulting Group, Inc. to locate an abducted person, a missing run away and fugitive persons ensures success.
Did you know that more than 800,000 people are reported as missing and are entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) annually? Of these, 85%-90% are minors. These numbers only reflect those persons that have been reported to law enforcement. The number of persons who have gone missing, but not reported to law enforcement, is estimated to be two to three times this number. The vast majority of “missing persons” fall into the following categories:
Dependent Adult: An adult who is reported missing and who has physical or mental limitations, e.g., dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism (which restricts their abilities to carry out normal activities).
Parent/Family Abduction: A child who is taken, detained, concealed, enticed away, or retained by a parent, family member or third person at the request of the parent.
Runaway: A child under 18 years of age who is reported missing but has left of their own free will or has been rejected or “thrown away” by their family.
Stranger Abduction: A child or adult who is taken or abducted against their will by an unknown person or a known person who is not a family member
The majority of “missing persons” investigations are conducted by law enforcement. An issue with police-led missing person’s investigations is simply that the term missing persons is so narrow. It is the policy of many law enforcement agencies that they will only begin looking for a missing child depending upon their age (immediately under eight years of age). Or, after a specific amount of time after the child was last seen (only after two (2) hours if over nine (9) years of age). By that time, it may be too late if the child has been kidnapped by a pedophile or or sexual predator. In many jurisdictions if the missing person is over 19, and in some jurisdictions 16, law enforcement will advise the reporting party that the person has been located but will not advise you where they are located. NOTE: by statute in many states a person is considered an adult at 16 or 19 and therefore has a right to “be left alone”.
Additionally, law enforcement is reluctant to search for people who voluntarily left home due to the diminishing personnel resources that they are experiencing. Absent any direct evidence that a person was forcibly abducted police will curtail, if not completely stop their investigation, after a certain amount of time and will declare the case “open filed” pending new information.
Law enforcement does their best with the resources they have, but simply stated; law enforcement is not properly staffed to deal with the crime rates occurring today.
In situations of this nature you need an immediate response to locate your missing loved one to insure their safety and wellbeing. Investigators with Palladin Consulting Group, Inc. commit personnel and resources to this sole effort.
Upon Palladin Consulting Group being retained to assist and investigate these matters we immediately undertake an analysis of the following to assist in locating these lost, missing, run away, abducted or fugitive individuals:
- Debriefing of the client to gain valuable background information on the absent parties known associates, hang outs, habits, behaviors, medical history, prior law enforcement contacts, changes in character, drug use, alcohol use, financial information/resources, access to vehicle(s) descriptions and more.
- Ascertain the person’s activities for the past two weeks prior to being missing. School, work, social activities, religious activities, persons they spent time with, locations frequented.
- Analyze any available computing/media devices for information that may be related to their absence. Facebook, Twitter, emails, text messages, and telephone numbers called with frequency and duration.
- Immediately begin a physical canvass of all known areas recently frequented by the missing party.
- Conduct comprehensive interviews of all individuals who may have had recent contact with the missing party.
- Search the physical locations where the missing person is known to live, work, go to school, walk, drive, visit using a systematic methodology to either locate the missing person or evidence of their recent presence.
- Establish relationships with, and work closely with, law enforcement, social service agencies, homeless shelters and support groups.
- Distribute information regarding the disappearance to specific areas of the community known to be frequented by the missing party, the community at large and local media sources.
- Act as a point of contact for the family with the media and law enforcement.
Palladin Consulting Group, Inc. recognizes the emotional issues associated with the uncertainty of your loved ones whereabouts, safety and wellbeing. Please allow us to assist you with bringing your loved ones home safely.