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Why adopted children want to find birth parents

As professional private investigators, one of the many services we provide is locating people. These cases run the gamut from missing persons to friends to lost loves to teen runaways that have gone off their medication and fled the country to Mexico. We also frequently help many adults that were adopted as children, and now want find their birth parents.

These clients are primarily women but we see men from time to time. Each of these clients give slightly different reasons for wanting to find birth parents, but here are some of the commonalities:

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Investigating missing persons in Mexico

We are often called upon to investigate missing persons in Mexico. When you think about taking a vacation to Mexico, you probably imagine beautiful views, some tropical drinks and a lot of time relaxing. Unfortunately for many, the truth is that a trip south of the border is anything but enjoyable. A surprising amount of tourists go missing in Mexico every year and you should seek professional help immediately if you suspect a loved one has suffered the same fate.

It took us four years of trial and error, interviews and a huge investigative effort to establish “boots on the ground” in Mexico. During the past 14 years, we have successful completed hundreds of cases inside the borders of Mexico. It is not easy nor inexpensive. Please make sure you personally interview the principals of the investigative firm you are considering to hire. What experience and expertise do they bring to your specific case? Do they have a good working relationship with the Mexico Federal Police and local officers? Determine three things, what is the investigative plan, how long will it take and what will it cost.

Harry Devert

At the moment, a New York resident named Harry Devert has not been heard from since he took a trip to Mexico two months ago. The man had taken to traveling the globe on his own over the past couple of years and recently he had quit his job to pursue this passion full time.
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The Case of the Man Missing Medication in Mexico: Private investigation in Mexico

When a family’s 22 year-old son went off his meds, travelled to Mexico City and fell off the radar, the family decided they needed to hire a private investigative agency that had experience with private investigation in Mexico.

By utilizing our contacts in the area and sending an investigator familiar with the area, we were able to locate the son, get him to a hospital, and fly him back home.

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888USUNITE: The Free Resource to Locate Friends and Family

My firm receives between 10 and 15 calls per day from people looking to locate friends, a missing family member, or reunite with a lost love. Whatever the circumstances are the decision to find someone is an important step. Over 15 years ago, we launched 888USUNITE as an alternative to conducting an individual’s own personal search to locate lost friends and family members.

With reports of missing persons increasing over the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 in 2010, starting the search may appear daunting. The truth is you can find 50% of people on your own. One of the first questions we ask clients is what they have done thus far to search on their own. Most people have simply tried Google or Facebook search, but it rarely goes far beyond that.

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Investigator Confidential: The Free Online e-Book

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a book on being a private investigator called “If You Only Knew…” as a reference guide for people with questions about private investigation. This book contained my advice from over the years on how to feel safer, live smarter and succeed in relationships at home and at work. Writing the book was one of the hardest things I ever did.

At the time, the book made a splash when it was released, including a review by the Los Angeles Times. Years after its release, I still get inquiries from clients who have read the book. It’s become something of a touchstone for some people and an invaluable tool for others.

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Locate Missing Friends and Family in Mexico

The Mexican government in November released a compiled list showing that more than 25,000 adults and children have gone missing in Mexico in the past six years. The list, submitted by state prosecutors and vetted by the federal government, chronicles the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in the chaos and violence that have enveloped Mexico during its fight against drug mafias and crime gangs.

This information is disconcerting because about a million American citizens live in Mexico and approximately 10 million Americans visit Mexico every year, according to a report by the United States Department of State.

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Locate Friends and Family with a Private Investigator

In the United States, about 2,300 people are reported missing daily. This number doesn’t include the countless thousands who remain unreported by friends and family. Annually reports of missing persons have increased, from roughly 150,000 cases in 1980 to about 900,000 cases in 2011. It is often challenging to locate friends and family.

Locating missing person cases represents a big portion of our private investigator business. On an average day, our private investigative service receives about 10 to 15 phone calls from clients attempting to locate missing friends and family. Calls range in severity from the more serious missing persons and runaway children to the more tame searches for lost loves and wayward relatives.

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