The vast majority of those who “go missing” have either simply decided to disconnect from those they know or intentionally failed to advise their friends, partners, employers, parents or guardians where they have gone. In some cases, those who intentionally go missing, simply don’t respond to those attempting to contact them. Some go so far as to assume a new name. Others materially change their identities to make themselves more difficult to find.

While more than 98% of those reported missing eventually turn up, individuals who remain actually missing for more than 3 months are the most worrisome. Yet, some missing for decades, have been known to eventually revealed themselves or simply, be found. However, the vast majority of those we label missing, are not missing at all, we have simply lost touch with them. With a little effort and what might be several hours at a PC, even the untrained can often find those they are seeking. But for many, such work is not only laborious, it can also be very frustrating.

A host of websites with catchy names and big promises are just that. These sites are robotic and provide no human communication with those behind their website or who or where they actually are. Using the information provided by the person searching, algorithms search online public records, websites and tools like FaceBook and Twitter. For a modest fee they occasionally find the person their customer is seeking.

Prior to the advent and wide use of PCs, private investigators advertised in the Yellow Pages, and used phonebooks (remember those days?) and did exactly what online algorithms do today. So popular, myself a private investigator at the time (we called ourselves PIs in those days) I was one of many who used phone books and other non-technical tools to find those “missing”.

Years later, not only did PIs professionalize their trade and practices, the tools with which they did their work vastly improved. Among the most valuable tools was the PC which enabled access to electronic databases and government compiled and managed resources exclusively available to law enforcement and other authorized and regulated parties such as licensed professional investigation firms and the lawyers who frequently hired them. The vast majority of these sophisticated tools are not available to private citizens. Such tools in the hands of criminals would endanger the safety and wealth of the public.

ForensicPathways and our team of professionals however have access to these sophisticated tools. These tools not only power the services delivered to our corporate clients, but they power our web-tool, which allow our researchers find almost anyone, for those with a lawful purpose to do so.

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