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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.

Missing teen found nearly a decade later in Mexico

At the age of 16, Connie McCallister mysteriously disappeared from her home in Wisconsin. According to the NY Daily News, it was suspected that Connie was in Mexico with her then-boyfriend, as Mexico was his home country. These suspicions proved to be warranted. Eventually, the missing teen was found in November of 2013. Here is a rundown of the case.

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:


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.

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.


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.


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.