Who hires a private detective to investigate a missing persons case?

Missing teens – and how to help

One of the most common, and most distressing, incidents for a family is when a teenager goes missing. This rarely happens ‘out of the blue’ although it often feels that way at first. The truth is that many families are the last ones to know about underlying pressures that can cause a young person to feel the need to escape. This can particularly be the case when the pressures are happening inside the family such as when serious illness, job loss or broken relationships are already causing family unrest.

However, experienced private investigators such as those working for National Person Finder are able to retrace the steps, and the stresses experienced by missing teens and may – as a result – be able to discover which bolthole the young person has chosen.

Social media has become a key feature of missing persons cases with youngsters and while well-meaning parents can often try to discover the whereabouts of a missing child, their heavy-handed investigations can alert the teenager and cause them to disappear even more effectively. This is why an anonymous approach, supported by excellent investigative skills, can follow the trail without causing a young person to bolt again. Of course there is no guarantee that a youngster will return home, but effective private investigation can often open a channel of communication that eventually allows a teenager to come back to their family when they are ready.

Dutch detective helps investigate suspicious deaths

The Dutch government has seen a steady decline in the number of autopsies carried out in the Netherlands – in 2005, 617 post mortem investigations were carried out but by 2015 the number had fallen to 279. Dick Gosewehr, a former detective, is working with Leiden-based lawyer Sébas Diekstra and pathologist Frank de Groot, to offer a second opinion on suspicious deaths – and their service is absolutely free. According to the consortium, around 20-25 murders could be going undetected every year. The group has been involved in a number of high-profile ‘mysterious death’ cases including the death of an eighteen-year-old boy found dead beneath a bridge in Belgium and a young woman killed by a train. While both deaths were officially branded suicides, they have both been reclassified to explore the possibility that their deaths were the result of criminal action or actual murder.

Many hundreds of people in the UK every year find themselves unsatisfied with inquest results and feel they have nowhere else to turn – private investigator teams can give these families routes to explore that can help them discover relevant facts about the death of a loved one.