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Case of the Week: This lost son case was one for the ages

Our case of the week was a fairly routine locate case for a lost son, but it had a unique twist: The participants in the case are some of the oldest we have ever worked for.

Finding & helping a girl with a drug problem

My case of the week involved finding and helping a 24 year-old girl with a drug problem.

It all started when I spoke with a medical professional here in Orange County, who told me he had received a disturbing call from one of his daughter’s friends, Rachel.

Rachel, who lives in Los Angeles, California told the father that she had recently made plans to meet up with his daughter in San Francisco for a vacation. When they met up, the daughter appeared to be high and not making much sense – talking and behaving erratically.

So upon her return, Rachel was so worried about his daughter, she called him to let him know all was not well.

The father had been out of touch with the daughter for a while. He believed her to be living in San Francisco, California but when we performed a search for her, we actually found out she had moved to Denver, Colorado.


Man with autism found dead after 44 days

Brian Gewirtz was a young man that was loved by family and friends. The 20-year-old autistic man was missing for 44 days before his body was discovered a mere two miles from his family’s home.


A free locate service for families of the dying or terminally ill

I have decided to start a free locate service at Martin Investigative Services, where we will locate immediate family members for those who are dying or have a terminal illness. Details of the program are below, but first, here’s what led to my decision to do this.

Recently, I performed a locate search for a woman (we’ll call her Mary) suffering in the final days of her cancer fight. It was actually a friend of hers that contacted my Newport Beach office. The friend explained that Mary had a son that she had become disconnected with over the last decade. It was through no fault of Mary – as the son had a serious drug problem which was exacerbated by a mental illness. The latter was controllable, but the son just wouldn’t take his medication.


Send problem teens to private investigator Thomas G. Martin

Being the parent or guardian of a teenager is never an easy task. There is often a fine line between typical teen behavior and definite warning signs of a troubled teen. Dealing with problem teens is where I come in.

As a private investigative firm, we are contacted almost daily from parents who have children that have run away from home. Many come to Los Angeles or Hollywood in hopes of chasing movie star dreams.

There is another group of parents who sometimes wish their teenagers would leave their homes. These parents are desperate and feel trapped in their own homes by defiant and violent teenagers.

What is normal? What is not? What can you do for your teen before they run away or go missing?

Here are some warning signs for troubled teenagers, and some specific recommendation to help your teen.


How missing persons cases work: A PI’s perspective

Earlier this year, we had our 500th “missing persons” case. In this post, I talk about how missing persons cases work: The three types of missing person cases, why law enforcement does not have time to work 80% of these cases, the relation of time to actually finding the missing person, and why we only take on about 1 in 10 cases.


Woman found after being held captive for 2 months

Truth is almost always stranger (and scarier) than fiction. That’s certainly the situation with the news coming out of Evansville, Indiana, where a woman was found after being missing for 2 months and being held captive in a wooden cage.

Fortunately, this story has a positive ending. This post discusses details of the Evansville case and why private investigators can help in missing person cases.


Derek Seehausen update: Timeline, maps, sighting photos?

This post includes:

  • The potential sighting photos
  • The visual timeline
  • Video of the September 12, 2014 press conference
  • A summary of details from the press conference
  • Google Map links to timeline / sighting locations
  • Locations of interest
  • Links to updates and tip hotlines


James Foley, Crystal Morrison Prentice & hiring PI’s

The United States government has a longstanding policy against paying ransom demands to terrorist organizations. While this is a hot topic as of late, it is understandable from a purely analytical standpoint: The government does not want to fund terrorism. Of course, on an emotional level, most people would certainly be willing to do anything, even pay a ransom, to get someone home safely. This was illustrated in the recent tragic murder of journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS.

This post discusses both the James Foley case and that of missing person Crystal Morrison Prentice, and how private investigators were able to help the families that hired them.

What to do when you have a missing child in Hollywood

Every day of the year, children under the age of 18 arrive in Hollywood determined to become the next Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie. Many never see the inside of a movie theater let alone be on the big screen. Most find flophouses from the San Fernando Valley to the hills of Hollywood to the tough streets of Los Angeles. Many never get an interview, and most are never invited to an audition.

It is often not pretty here in the entertainment capital of the world. For many, despair results in a turn to drugs and alcohol. Some commit suicide. Many are exploited into the world of pornography or prostitution. Some are preyed upon by sexual predators or entangled in the world of sex trafficking.

When you have a missing child in Hollywood that falls off the societal map, what do you do? This post discusses the steps that you can take in this situation.