Missing Person Search

Written by Sierra Rein
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Knowing that there is a good friend or loved family member out there is a comforting thought. Not knowing where he or she is can be annoying, painful, and agonizing, especially when children are abducted or teenagers choose to run away. In any case, it is important to know how to effectively perform a missing person search and learn how to decipher the information once it is received.

In extreme situations, a government agency like the police and the FBI should be contacted. If the individual is overseas, the Department of State Overseas Citizens Services is the best entity to call. For less strident cases, the Internal Revenue Service or Social Security Administration can be used to forward notifications of possible estate asset recoveries, serious illness, deaths in the family, or other types of "humane" reasons to an otherwise estranged family member or friend.

Indeed, there are cases in which a missing person does not wish to be found by anyone, even their relatives. Most of the time this has to do with personal feelings. On the other hand, any relative involved with a witness protection plan might have to drop all contact with his or her loved ones. This type of condition is painful for both the person going into hiding and for his family and friends.

Performing One's Own Missing Person Search

If contacting a government agency or private detective seems like overkill, it is best to stop by an online directory search site to perform a personal search of your own. These internet websites are perfect for individuals looking for old high school or military buddies, long lost loves, and former business partners. This type of search can be done in the comfort of one's own living room and performed in an undetectable and safe manner.

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