There’s a private detective in the USA by the name of Troy Griffin who claims to be a psychic. His work involves using the paranormal to investigate, in particular, missing person’s cases. He claims to have worked on around a hundred cases to find a missing person.
Currently he’s been involved with case of a young woman Kelsie Schelling, who disappeared in 2013 at the age of 21, when she was was eight weeks pregnant. Four years later Kelsie’s mother has apparently hired Griffin to help find her daughter after he got in touch with her with a message from her missing daughter.
In his six years he claims to have had around an 18-20% success rate which he says is good given how few unsolved missing persons cases are ever resolved. However, according to ABC News who investigated his claims, Griffin has been unable to verify a single successful case and the local police in the area he claims that Kelsie’s body might be found are ‘unaware of his investigation’.
Many people consider this kind of approach to be ‘trading on the grief’ of those who have missing relatives or friends, and in several famous cases psychics have been proven to be completely wrong, most notably in the USA in 2004 when Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams Show and told the mother of a missing child, Amanda Berry, that her daughter was dead. Nine years later Amanda Berry was found alive.
At National Person Finder we have more reliable methods that this to find missing persons. Our team of skilled investigators is experienced in both on-the-ground investigation and the complex processes of computer detection that allow us to trace a missing person who has changed their identity. It’s painstaking work, for which the police rarely have time or resources but because it’s all we do, all day, every day, we have highly efficient systems that allow us to explore every avenue in a swift and cost effective fashion.
Dealing with the finances of people who go missing
One major headache, to accompany the heartache of a missing person, is finance. We hear form many families who tell us how difficult it is to resolve financial issues when somebody goes missing. However legislation before parliament this week might help. The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill is designed to create a guardianship that allows an individual to administer the financial affairs of a missing person, especially where that person has loans or mortgages. This could help families to continue with life in the absence of the missing person without loans falling into arrears or property becoming uninhabitable because nobody is authorised to make repairs.
We’re following the progress of the bill with interest, so that we can inform future clients of this possibility if it passes into law, because our job is to ensure that families and friends of missing persons are relieved of as many of their burdens as possible.