Private Investigator in Cedar Rapids Serving All Eastern Iowa
PARENTAL KIDNAPPING CASES
May 10, 2015
The call is always the same. An exhausted parent who has had a child kidnapped by the spouse calls a Private Investigator and presents her emotional plea for help. She is tired of calling the police and getting the same run-around. She knows the police are doing all they can but it’s not enough.
The PI must be sensitive to the emotional trauma that the client is suffering through. He must provide support, reassurance and direction about what should be done next. The proper role for the PI in these cases is to work with the client to develop leads and locate the child. Unlike law enforcement personnel who have heavy caseloads, the PI is expected to devote full-time effort to the search, and give total allegiance to the client. He will act as a conduit for information between the official agencies, courts, lawyers and others.
In addition to the PI, the client will also hire a lawyer. Attorneys know the law and can file custody decrees, review state jurisdiction, separate criminal and civil violations, bring contempt hearings, file pickup orders, and petition for enforcement.
The police, who are usually the first agency notified of a parental kidnapping, are not well equipped to handle these labor intensive cases. Their primary job is, and should be, to investigate violent criminal activity and to get dangerous criminals off the street. That is not to say that they don't play a role. They enter critical information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer. They can also assist the PI by securing search warrants and subpoenas to obtain documents and records, issue mail covers, file charges against the abductor and issue Amber Alerts.
The FBI plays a very limited role since, unlike traditional kidnapping, parental kidnapping is not a federal crime.
The PI will also work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and state clearing houses that assist parents in locating and recovering their missing children.
When the PI has located the child, his work is complete. However, by this time in the investigation, if he has done his work well, he has developed a bond with the client who may ask him to assist in recovering the child. This is entirely appropriate and offers exceptional personal satisfaction when the parent and child are finally re-united.
To locate a PI that has experience in locating missing children, contact the Iowa Association of Professional Investigators IAPI at www.iowa-investigators.com.