Missing Persons

Not knowing what happened to a loved one is devastating.

According to the United States Department of Justice, more than 600,000 people go missing every year.  Although most are quickly located unharmed, tens of thousands of people remain missing for one year or more.  

Families of missing persons find it difficult to move forward with their own lives and become locked in time as they wait for news about the fate of their loved one.  Not knowing what happened to someone is worse than finding out the truth, even if it is not good news.  Families of missing persons want closure.

Law enforcement agencies do their best to locate missing persons but may be overwhelmed by the steady volume of new cases.  Time and resources are limited.  Once the police complete the initial investigation, missing persons cases often become "cold" cases.  

Baseline Investigations can help.  

Following a free, no obligation initial consultation to review what has already been done, we may be able to direct you to additional resources and provide suggestions to help generate new leads.  Whether you choose to work with Baseline Investigations, another agency or do your own follow up investigation, some important considerations include:

  • Media Strategy to generate public interest and new leads.
  • Liaison/Coordination with Law Enforcement to insure relevant information is being shared in both directions.
  • Review Previous Investigation - a fresh look at old information can determine if something was missed or if there are inconsistencies in witness statements.
  • Interviews of family, friends, relatives, co-workers and associates may provide valuable information - law enforcement may not have enough time or resources to go into this level of detail.
  • Records Checks should be updated and conducted on a regular basis to determine if new information is available.
  • Social Media can reveal relationships and intentions that may not be obvious in a person's "public" life.
  • Homelessness is often the result of drug use and/or mental illness.  Contact and liaison with homeless shelters, food banks and social service organizations may generate new leads.
  • Commercial Sex Trafficking - individuals may be forced or coerced into prostitution.   Liaison with the appropriate social service organizations and specific units in law enforcement, surveillance and searches of Internet sites associated with commercial sex trafficking are required to properly investigate these cases.
  • Search and Rescue - Baseline Investigations has a strong working relationship with a team of experienced SAR professionals who have the ability to use drones, live scent K-9s and human remains K-9s to search urban and wilderness areas.

Make sure you are maximizing the assistance of organizations that provide free online resources such as:

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
  • The Doe Network
  • The Polly Klaas Foundation

Put our experience to work for you.

Jim Egelston, the founder of Baseline Investigations, spent more than 27 years as an FBI Agent and Supervisor in various locations throughout the United States.  Jim has worked on hundreds of missing persons cases including concealed homicides, child abductions, kidnap for ransom, human trafficking, endangered elderly and juvenile runaway cases.  Jim was proud to be a member of the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team and one of the original members of the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team (AZ CART).  

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Call us at 833-324-2468

There is no charge and no obligation for an initial consultation.  We will review information you already have, provide suggestions and tell you about additional resources.