How can you report someone missing to the Police?
First hand reporting from a relative or friend is the most common way that Police are notified of a missing person.
We will take reports of missing persons in any of the following ways:
• Dial 112 to speak to your local police station
• By a visit to a police station
• Contact with a Police Officer/Police Staff away from a police station
What happens when you report someone missing to Police?
Once a Police Officer has taken a report from you about the missing person, he/she enters all the information onto a computer at the police station and circulates the person as ‘missing’ on the Police National Computer. Now that that information is on the computer any Police Officer nationally or internationally can contact us to find out more in-depth details.
Immediate enquirers are undertaken by the Initial Investigating Officer to try to find the missing person as soon as possible.
Should they still not be found then the investigation is passed onto a nominated officer within the police station who will now deal with all further enquirers that can be carried out.
What can they do?
The officer will firstly make sure that we have all the necessary details so that an efficient investigation can be conducted, these will include details of:
- Details of friends or relatives
Places that the missing person is known to frequent
Health or medical conditions that they may suffer from
Financial account details (such as bank account, credit and debit card details)
Details on any benefits that they may receive, and the location of where they may collect them from
A number of recent photographs
Events that could be linked with their disappearance
DNA sample for subsequent forensic examination [i.e. toothbrush]
Officers will also need to search with your consent the home address to establish if there are any further evidential leads [this is a normal procedure].
Consent to publicity will also be sought from you. We have found that using the media to appeal for information can be very effective.
What can you do?
Police realize that this is a very traumatic time for you and that you need support and feedback from them, but this is also a time where you can help them by making many inquiries yourself. Please keep in touch with the officer in the case if you find anything out. We will work with other agencies to bring this incident to a swift conclusion.