Private Investigator in Cedar Rapids Serving All Eastern Iowa
April 28, 2015
A woman’s husband has been missing for five days. She can’t imagine what has happened and she believes foul play has been involved. She has tried everything and has no clues. The police have been notified but they seem detached and overworked. She decides to hire a private investigator.
An 18 year girl has been missing for two days. The frantic parents have notified the police but all the police can do is file a missing persons report. The parents have no clue why their daughter would run away but her closet is missing clothes and money is missing from the mother’s purse. They decide to call a private investigator. _ _ _
Locating missing persons has always been a specialty of private investigators. But what can a PI do that the police can’t? A PI can devote 100% of his time and resources and serve as the family’s advocate when talking to police, media and other agencies. You can expect the PI to follow a logical sequence of investigative steps to locate the missing person:
1. Gather information – The PI will first want to determine if the missing person is a victim of foul play or intentionally missing. He will need a complete picture of the home life and all personal relationships. He will need a complete description and history of the missing person, their laptop, plus names, phone numbers and addresses of all close friends; their e-mail accounts, and any social network sites they may belong to.
2. Check the “bad news” places – The PI will then check all area hospitals, jails, coroner’s office etc.
3. Check personal belongings – A lot can be learned by inspecting a missing person’s room. Did they provide themselves with money, clothes, and personal items or was everything left intact?
4. Conduct Internet, e-mail, and cell phone forensics - If a person is intentionally missing, they may forget to cancel an old e-mail address or they will create a new one.
5. Check the person’s workplace – Interview co-workers and supervisors to determine his psychological state. Did the person clear out his desk? Did the person steal any company property? Was he acting strange before he disappeared?
6. Investigate the missing person’s friends – Using the names provided by the family, the PI will interview each one. Seldom does a person run away without telling his close friends about it.
7. Were there any marital problems? – Sometimes life becomes so overwhelming that a person feels like escape is the only answer. A PI can determine the stressors in the missing person’s life that may have driven him to desertion.
A PI’s investigation will progress down different paths depending on whether the missing person is an adult or a child. The main thing to remember is to be completely honest in answering the questions that a PI asks you. And don’t give up hope.