According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), Arizona is the top state in the United States for missing persons Arizona. There are currently about 700 cases of missing people in Phoenix alone. To put this into perspective, the number two state is Alaska with just over 100. NamUs also indicates that over 1,300 unidentified remains have been discovered. The issue of missing persons in Arizona is also compounded by the fact that NamUs is a database that relies on public input, and its users don’t have access to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center – which means that many cases go unreported.
The most troubling aspects of missing-persons cases in Arizona are twofold: it’s a border state with Mexico, and it is a desert. There are many daily attempts by people unprepared attempting to cross the border into the U.S. that wind up dying due to the extreme desert conditions. Because of the heat, the terrain, and the atmosphere, much evidence eventually becomes destroyed. Though NamUs is a beneficial database for people with different pieces of a puzzle to fit together, not all cases are reported. Federal statistics indicate closer to 2,000 missing persons in Arizona. And, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Arizona, 149 are children or were children at the time of their disappearance.
But Dirty Deeds can help.
Dirty Deeds Investigations and missing people
Why choose a private investigator to find missing persons instead of local authorities? A missing loved one is your first priority, but your local law enforcement agency’s focus might be elsewhere. Dirty Deeds Investigations provides highly trained private investigators who can give your case the attention it deserves.
One of the biggest problems with police investigations of missing persons is that the term “missing persons” can be rather narrow. Even though you can report a missing person during any time, police will only begin looking for a missing person at a specific amount of time after he or she was last seen, and by that time it may be too late. Especially if it’s a missing child and the child has been kidnapped by a paedophile or child killer. Police are also often reluctant to search for people who voluntarily left home or for those who live on the streets. Even in a police-led missing person search, police will stop looking after a certain amount of time and will declare the case a cold case.
Depending on the police department, thinning resources could also be an issue. Police do their best with the resources they have, but law enforcement simply is not equipped to deal with the crime rates today. Anyone seeking real answers and quick results needs to speak to a private investigator. A professional investigator will start looking for someone as soon as you feel uneasy about their disappearance and will continue to search as long as you still need answers.
If there’s a missing person in your life, they deserve attention. Law enforcement agencies, despite their best efforts, can’t guarantee that you’ll get it – but private investigators can. While we always encourage you to first notify the police, hiring a private investigator through Dirty Deeds Investigations will get you immediate and effective assistance.
Who is considered a missing person?
A missing person is someone who has disappeared or whose status as living or dead cannot be confirmed due to unknown location or condition. A person can go missing because of an accident, crime, or death in some location where they cannot be found. There are many other reasons as well, such as a voluntary disappearance like running away from home. Anyone can be a missing person, not just children.
Some people also wish to just find someone important to them that they cannot find themselves. Adopted children may find their birth parents, family members might look for long-lost relatives, and friends may wish to reunite. Or maybe there are debtors that owe you money, child and spousal support deviants, or even a fugitive of justice.
How to file a missing-persons claim
There is a common misunderstanding that a missing-persons case can only be made with the police for 24-48 hours after the disappearance. This is untrue. There is no waiting period. The sooner a claim is filed, the better the chances are to find the missing person. The same is true with a private investigator.
You must have a detailed description of the person, along with a few clear photographs of their face. Try to indicate dimensions like height and weight and any other bodily identifiers like scars, tattoos, or birthmarks, as well as the last things they were seen wearing. Be prepared – if the missing person is an adult, their whereabouts when found may not be disclosed if they do not wish it to be.
Make a list of all known friends, family, significant others, associates, classmates, colleagues, or co-workers who can be interviewed. If possible, keep phone numbers and addresses listed along with these people of interest. This will help you keep track of who you have contacted and will also help with the investigation. Also, make note of their hang-out spots or places they visit often, and whether or not they have any physical or mental disabilities, require medication, or might be using drugs.
We also suggest using Internet search engines, social networking sites, and any other helpful website dedicated to the pursuit of missing persons.
What we will do to help you find a missing person
Professional investigators use a number of techniques to find missing persons. This involves doing background checks, questioning witnesses, and other investigative techniques. Private investigators can turn to others to isolate likely suspects or likely sources of aid in finding a missing person.
Sometimes finding a missing person also includes employing fugitive recovery agents or bail bondsmen. These investigators are experts at locating fleeing criminals and debtors. They are not limited by the same laws as police and so they can enter virtually any place they believe someone is hiding. We conduct physical searches by air, land, and sea. Private investigators use a number of vehicles to search areas the average person has no access to.
We also network with other private investigators and sometimes pay informants if necessary. Private investigators often have extensive networks of people they can recruit to help them in a search. Sometimes it’s necessary to search hospitals and mortuaries to find a facility where a victim may be. We utilise surveillance and videotaping tactics as well, observing places where a missing person is likely to be or can observe. This helps us track suspects in a missing-persons case as well.