Missing Loved One: Specialized Search Tools & Resources

Missing Loved One: Specialized Search Tools & Resources

When someone goes missing, it’s hard to know where to begin looking; finding them again can feel like an impossible task. Many available resources go beyond merely looking through their phone records and social media profiles; they can be challenging.

If you’re searching for a missing loved one, you must take advantage of missing loved one databases provided by professionals. Our investigators are Former agents. Our network comprises private investigators, former DEA, IRS, FBI, and Secret agents. In this post, we’ll cover some missing loved one search tools, resources, and tips you can use to find your missing loved one faster than ever before. Let’s get started!



Missing Loved One: Specialized Search Tools & Resources

How to Get Started with a Missing Loved One Search

The first thing to do is get in touch with the police department where the person was last seen or lived. You can do this by visiting your local police station, calling the non-emergency line, or even sending an email or text message.

The next step is to fill out a missing persons report. You’ll need to provide details about your loved one. Gather the following for the individual:

● Full name

● Weight

● Height

● Current address

● Date of birth/ current age

● Eye color

● Hair color

You’ll also need to describe their clothes and any identifying marks like tattoos or scars. After contacting the police and filing a missing persons report, the next step is to start your search for your loved one.

Steps to Find a Missing Person

If your loved one has gone missing, you may have already tried the standard search tools. If not, here are some of the best missing loved one resources that can help you find them:

Contact family members, friends, and neighbors.

This will help determine if they have seen your loved one recently. Ask them if they have seen any unusual activity around your home, such as vehicles parked in unique places or strangers lurking around during odd hours of the day or night. Ask if they have noticed any strange odors or sounds from inside the house or garage smoke alarms going off.

Ask others in your community for help.

Make sure that everyone who knows your loved one receives a copy of the report and has a picture of them. This can help others recognize your loved one if they see them in public or if someone calls about seeing them somewhere. Go through their belongings and see if there is any evidence that they have left of their own accord or been taken against their will. If there are signs of foul play, contact the police immediately!

Drive around your local area.

If your loved one went missing from your home, drive around the neighborhood for signs that they may have returned on foot. Look for any recent activity, such as freshly cut grass or recently planted flowers. Check with neighbors nearby and ask if they’ve seen anything unusual or helpful.

Use search engines to find them online.

Search engines like Google and Bing allow you to search for websites by keyword or category, including people’s names. Try searching for your loved one’s name with keywords like “missing person,” “missing person alert,” or “missing persons” to see if they’ve been reported missing somewhere online already.

Check local hospitals and clinics.

If your loved one was injured or sick when they went missing, they could have been brought to a hospital for treatment. Hospitals are required by law to report any patient who does not leave after treatment, so this is an excellent place to start looking for leads on where your loved one might be located now.

Check social media activity.

Sometimes people who go missing leave clues about their whereabouts on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. It’s worth checking those accounts to see if they were last used several days ago or more. If your loved one has a smartphone, check text and voicemail messages for clues. You can also send them a text message asking them to check if they’re okay. However, only expect an immediate response if they feel comfortable answering immediately.

Get the media involved.

You can contact local news stations, newspapers, and other relevant media outlets. You can also create a Facebook page or other social media site to help get the word out about your loved one’s disappearance. Once you’ve contacted the media, be prepared for their questions and offer them as much information as possible.

How a Private Investigator can help with a Missing Loved One Investigation

If you still cannot find your missing loved one, consider hiring a private investigator (PI). This is because the missing person investigation process can be long and arduous. The emotional toll it takes on family members is often overwhelming.

A private investigator will provide support and guidance to help families cope with the uncertainty of not knowing where their missing loved one is. Here are some ways a private investigator can help with a missing person investigation:

They have access to databases that are not available to the public. These include national criminal databases and international databases. They can conduct surveillance on a target or person of interest. This can provide valuable information about where they might be located or what activities they’re engaged in. Surveillance may also reveal whether or not someone is being held against their will by another person or group of people.

They have access to specialized search tools that allow them to locate specific individuals based on their physical characteristics, such as height, weight, eye, and color. These tools can also find people once incarcerated or reported missing by family members.

Tracking credit cards.

One of the first steps in a missing person investigation is tracking credit cards and bank accounts. This helps you determine if they have used their card recently or if there has been any activity on their account since they went missing.

Professional investigators often track cell phones because they give locations and movements. A private investigator can use cell phone tracking tools to determine where your loved one was last seen before they went missing. This gives them an idea of where they might be now, which can lead them in the right direction when looking for them.

Help With Finding a Missing Person

The American Red Cross estimates that there are approximately 2,000 people reported missing every day in the United States. Thankfully, some specialized tools and resources can help you find your missing loved one quickly and efficiently.

The following missing loved one databases are designed specifically for people looking for missing persons. While they won’t guarantee results, they can help narrow down your search and guide you as you find someone who may be lost or in danger.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) provides free access to information about missing persons, unidentified remains, and related issues from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and other international partners. The website has all kinds of helpful information, including birth records, medical records, dental records, and DNA profiles. It also allows users to post information about missing people or unidentified remains.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families of missing children as well as victims of child sexual exploitation. NCMEC’s hotline takes reports about missing children, non-family abductions, parental kidnappings, and potential sightings from the general public.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI has a Missing Persons Program that includes a database of missing persons who have been reported missing across the country. The missing loved one resource can be searched by name, age, gender, race, and date last seen. You can also search for missing persons by entering the person’s information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. You can contact your local FBI field office to see if they have any information about your loved one.

National Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Database

The National Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Database contains information on missing persons and unidentified remains across the United States. It’s a free resource for law enforcement agencies and the general public who may have information about a missing person in the United States.

National Missing Persons Database

The National Missing Persons Database is an online database that contains records of over 20,000 missing persons from across the country. It’s maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

The database includes information about unidentified bodies and missing persons whose identities have been confirmed or who are located alive. It also includes missing persons that have been reported missing in other countries but who may have had some connection to the United States at some point in their lives.


If you are looking for a missing loved one, contact us at 1-800-577-1080, and we will help you find them using our specialized search tools and resources.

Let Us help you Bring Your peace back!

Private Investigation Near Me - PI Near Me
“Our team of private investigators are are ready to help you. Your privacy is important to us! Serving states nationally.

Client Testimonials

I’ve represented individuals and businesses (international and local) for close to fifty years, and I’ve called on Martin Investigative Services more times than I can count, often on a rush basis, for help throughout the world, on a number of different types of assignments.  I’ve never been disappointed.  I’ve always received swift, cost-effective and USEFUL information, which has wound up “saving the bacon” of our clients and making us shine in their eyes.  I recommend them without any reservation.

Peter M. Callahan

Attorney at Law Callahan Thompson Sherman & Caudill, LLP

Martin Investigative Services is truly one of the best run organizations we have worked with. Fair, efficient and professional. Tom Martin in particular exudes confidence and experience and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. That’s something we can rely on.

Marcia Bankoff

Organizational Resources Specialist, Kreative Webworks, Inc.

Successful people know that to be the best, you model the best. I cannot recommend Martin PI any higher! In a five-minute conversation with experienced people you can save thousands by bypassing sales types. They do this by cutting directly to the heart based on years and years of passionate pursuit of best practices and adding massive value to their clients. They are an invaluable part of my team and Tom is my most valued mentor!

Jason Sisneros

Author of Destiny's Doorstep

Martin Investigative Services has performed background checks, private investigation, surveillance and bug sweeps for our clients.  They have also served difficult process in lawsuits.  They have performed unquestionably and unfailingly to perfection.  We will always call Martin first – and hope he hasn’t been called yet by the other side!

Lisa & Bruce Hughes

Hughes and Hughes, LLP

We have used Martin Investigative Services for three decades. Their work is exemplary; reports are perfect and their testimony is very professional, with great judge and jury appeal. We will not use anyone else for our investigations.

Steven Silverstein

Former Orange County Trial Lawyer, Association Trial Lawyer of the Year

It has been my pleasure to work with Martin Investigative Services over the past 30 plus years on many investigations as well as other security related matters.  When I need answers and I need them fast I know that a simple call will get me answers that are succinct, current and coming from a supremely knowledgeable source.

Bill Bancroft

President & CEO Patrol One

MartinPI Operates throughout the United States and foreign countries

We can have a team ready in 2 days. Are you ready?
Our network is composed of private investigators that are former DEA, FBI, IRS, and Secret Service agents.

We respect your time and thank you for stopping by. Please look around and learn about our services.  Should you need help today, simply press the button below.

See Our Guarantee

call us today

Martin Investigations is second-to-none!
See and hear Thomas Martin speak on various solved cases.  After 50+ years, we are ready to help you with your investigative matter.

Start by contacting us and a meeting will be set up. Call (800) 577-1080