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A free locate service for family 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.

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.