TV shows often portray the case of a missing person with such drama you’re going to expect it every time you have to report someone missing. In truth, reporting a missing person is an obligation and—even though it is dramatic—it’s not as worse as your last show has depicted. Be aware, however, of the importance […]
TV shows often portray the case of a missing person with such drama you’re going to expect it every time you have to report someone missing. In truth, reporting a missing person is an obligation and—even though it is dramatic—it’s not as worse as your last show has depicted.
Be aware, however, of the importance and the gravity of the situation.
Report it as soon as possible
You don’t have to wait for a day or two to report someone missing. As soon as you hear someone in your neighborhood is missing, has run away, or has his or her whereabouts listed as unknown, you should report it to the authorities. You never know whether they’re in need or rescue or they went missing of their own volition.
Contact the authorities
Everyone knows the standard number of the authorities in the US. Soon as someone is reported as missing or no one knows where they are, call 911. You’re going to have to provide your details as well as the person who is missing so it’s important to have someone they know or a relative of theirs inform you.
There is no age
If you think only children go missing, you’re wrong. Anyone can become a missing person—children, adolescents, even adults. You should be prepared to report the missing persons and be an important person in the case—a witness or an informant, if you may. You should be forthcoming with all the information needed to aid in finding the missing person.
The authorities are going to ask you a lot of details such as where the person was last found, who they were with, or what they were wearing. You should also know how to accurately describe what the person looks like or what they looked like the last time they were seen. Accuracy and attention to details will be a big help in solving the case.
At risk of…
There are many reasons why a person may go missing, but they are considered in considerable risk if they’re under stress of mental illness; they may have expressed signs of depressions or has been out of it, or they might have a mental handicap. It also doesn’t help matters if they’re under constant medication or are abusing substances.
You never know what’ll meet you if your relative or a missing person is found. They could be alive and well; they could be dirty and bewildered and might be suffering from a lack of cognition; or they could very well have met a gruesome fate. You should expect all possible outcomes.
Finding a missing person as quick as possible should be top priority when you report someone lost to the authorities. You never know, they may well be hoping to be found soon as well.