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.
One day Mary explained to her friend that it was her very last hope and wish to see or speak with her son before she died. The friend was aware of our programs called “Home For The Holidays” in which we reunite people for free (about 20 cases each year) during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and our “Mothers and Father’s Day” program where we provide free searches to locate disconnected fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.
She called me about two weeks ago and said she would pay our locate fee of $350, since the timing of the two programs would not work given her friend’s limited time on earth. We decided to provide our services at no charge.
We found the son. He was actually still in Orange County, so a reunion or a call would be easily facilitated.
The son, much to my surprise, was actually excited and pleased that we found him and that his mother wanted to see or speak with him. The son’s appearance was disheveled, at best, and a meeting made the son a little uncomfortable. We agreed to help him with a shirt and jeans so he would be presentable, but more important, confident and at ease for his final meeting with his mother.
That meeting took place and the joy the two shared was indescribable. I must say: I shared in their joy, and it was like no other feeling I have had in the thousands of “locate” cases we have been involved in over the years.
Mary passed six days later.
Details of our free locate program for the dying and terminally ill:
The last time the Orange County Register ran a story about us doing free searches we received over 3,800 requests. We obviously can’t do them all, but we do our best to help who we can.
These cases are very rewarding to work. Initially, we would like to keep the circle of family small in that we reunite only father, mothers, sons and daughters.
The criteria is ONLY the subject’s name and possibly one of three identifying factors. If the subject has a common name, we would need date of birth, social security number or last known address within ten years.
A brief summary of why your case should be selected would be very helpful in our selection process.
To be considered for this program, please do not call our office. Please contact us using the contact form on our primary web site. If we select your case as part of this program, you will be contacted directly.
My staff will then access our own in-house computer system to locate the lost or missing relatives.