Here are a list of free resources and easily accessible reporting centers for family and loved ones who are searching for a missing loved one.
When someone “goes missing” it does not necessarily mean a crime has been committed. Until a law enforcement investigation is conducted, it may not be clear if an individual is in danger. This is why it’s critical for law enforcement to take a report on every missing person.
It’s also important to consider if a disappearance could be voluntary. Disconnecting from family, friends and community is a dramatic and life-changing decision and does not happen without significant reasons, which could include preventing abuse to the individual or immediate family members.
When a child under 18 years old disappears, dial 911 or contact tribal law enforcement immediately. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST offers many resources to help families when a child goes missing.