Contact the Authorities

Act as quickly as possible! Contact to the police immediately. Reporting the missing person quickly dramatically improves your chance of finding the individual.

List of United States state and local law enforcement agencies

•    Fill out a missing person report. This form is several pages long, but it's important to fill out as much information as you can to assist with the investigation. The first page is basic information about the person, including name, address, date of birth, phone numbers and other helpful information.

•    Write down a physical description of the missing person. Be as accurate and specific as possible. Include eye color; hair color and style; approximate weight and height; braces or glasses, if applicable; and any identifying markings, like tattoos, earrings, birthmarks or scars. Provide as many current photos as possible.

•    Describe what the missing person was wearing at the time of the disappearance, if possible. Include the color, pattern, style and size of clothing; the type of shoes; and any other items you can remember, like hats or coats.

•    Give the details for the events leading up to the disappearance. Provide any information that may help in the individual's safe return. Who was the last person to see the missing individual? Where? Was the missing person with anyone? What was the missing person doing?

•    Jot down any known medical problems of the missing person, along with any medications taken daily.
Contact the authorities to get information regarding new leads and to inquire about their progress.


Use Other Search Methods

Call the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to report a missing person. For underage children, you can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

National Crime Information Center

Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: (304) 625-2000


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175

24-hour call center: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Fax: 703-224-2122

• Check with local hospitals, coroners and medical examiners. Ask whether there are any recent John or Jane Does. If so, get additional information, if possible.


Make Official Missing Person Posters 

Download Missing Persons Poster Template

•    Hang your posters in prominent locations, like gas stations, grocery stores, post offices, banks, drug stores, a local library, churches, hospitals, homeless shelters, parks and hiking trails.


•    Search the many missing person databases on line. These may help regardless of whether you're searching for your child, an elderly parent, a grandparent, or a disabled family member.   

National Missing and Unidentified Person System                              

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Get The Media Involved

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List Of Every Radio Station Nationwide

•    Provide the media with the facts and photos of the missing person and get on the air.

•    Use every social networking site and media tool available, including bloggers, Facebook, and Twitter.

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