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Reconnecting: How to Locate Missing Persons

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Reconnecting: How to Locate Missing Persons


When attempting to reconnect with a missing person, a skiptrace, or locate search, is a process that can be used to help find them. Skiptracing is conducted by tracing a person’s personal information, such as their address, phone number, driver’s license, ancestry searches, financial records, and other identifying information. Skip tracing can be used to find lost family members, long-lost friends, debtors, or other individuals. The ultimate goal of a skiptrace is to reconnect loved ones and restore families. 

The process involves combing through public and private databases, possibly conducting interviews, and utilizing investigative techniques to piece together information about the person. Skiptracing can help uncover the whereabouts of a missing person and in some cases, even reveal clues as to why they may have gone missing. With the help of a skiptrace, many individuals have been reunited with their loved ones, and families have been restored.

Are all missing persons cases the same?

No, not all missing persons cases are the same. In our line of work, we often have people call us regarding a missing persons investigation they want to have completed. In some cases, the person they are looking for is not actually missing but has become estranged from the client, and they are looking to reconnect with them. 

Depending on the situation, the investigation may involve locating a missing person or helping to bring two parties back in contact with one another. In either case, it is important for us to understand the full scope of the situation before we can move forward with the investigation.

A missing person is someone whose whereabouts are unknown and who is not in a place where they would normally be expected to be. They may have been kidnapped, abducted, or gone missing for a variety of other reasons, such as running away, being the victim of a crime, being lost in a wilderness area, being lost at sea, or being the victim of foul play. 

In some cases, a missing person may have had a physical or mental health episode that led to them going missing. When a person is missing, their family, friends, and community members may launch a search to find them. Law enforcement agencies may also be involved in the search and investigation.

Missing person database!

In Canada, you can visit the government of Canada, Canada’s missing, to learn more about cases in Canada. 

How to locate a family member?

When conducting a locate or missing person investigation, we are attempting to trace the current whereabouts of the person in question. To do this, we use a variety of search strategies. This includes searching databases, conducting interviews, and utilizing other investigative resources. 

We may also use surveillance techniques such as tracking phone numbers, monitoring social media, and or conducting physical surveillance. Ultimately, the goal is to find the person in question and determine their current location.

Contact us today!

If you are ready to take that next step into locating a missing family member or friend, call our office for a free consultation or complete an inquiry form below.

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Whitney Joy Smith is a prominent figure in the field of private investigation and security, serving as the founder and CEO of The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., Smith Security Inc., and Training Centre Canada, as well as a sitting politician.

With a remarkable journey that began in the early 2000s, Whitney's professional background as a private investigator is underscored by her unwavering dedication to the role. Born in Canada and having spent her early years between Canada and the United States, Whitney possesses a unique perspective shaped by her experiences in both countries. This background equips her with an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of private investigative laws, regulations, and operational standards in North America.

Throughout her career, Whitney has garnered numerous industry awards and accolades. She takes great pride in working closely with her continually expanding agency, striving to elevate industry standards, maintain compliance, and effectively meet the diverse investigative needs of clients.

Whitney actively engages in various membership, committee, board and support roles, demonstrating her commitment to the industry and professional community. She is affiliated with all local chambers, associations and more.

Whitney's wealth of experience is not limited to her professional achievements; her thought-provoking articles have been featured in publications ranging from Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and Mens Health to Business News Daily. She constantly seeks to redefine standards and push the boundaries of excellence within the private investigative and security fields.

To discover more about Whitney Joy Smith and the dedicated team at The Smith Investigation Agency Inc., visit our website to learn more.

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