How to find a missing person

A recent high profile fugitive case has given yet more evidence of why it’s important to consider funding your own missing person investigation. At National Person Finder we have often had the experience of ‘falling over’ a missing person and while they might emerge from a line of enquiry we’ve considered less than promising, it’s our job to pursue every route. The discovery of Viktoria Nasyrova is an example of a relentless private investigator who got his woman in the end.

However, the story is a brutal one, Nasyrova is wanted for murder, in Russsia, in 2014, but somehow she escaped and fled to America where she set up in business as a masseur. She was even arrested in New York in 2016 but because the police didn’t fingerprint her, she slipped through the net again. Finally she was arrested on suspicion of drugging and robbing men she met on dating sites. A private detective spent hours looking at photographs the woman he suspected was Nasyrova and was finally able to track her down after the daughter of her murder victim heard that Nasyrova had moved to the USA and was living in Brooklyn. By tracking down Facebook profiles he was able discover Nasyrova but then he had to find out her location. He did this by identifying a car featured in the photographs by the seat stitching, then putting out a surveillance team to find vehicles of that kind in the area she was rumoured to be living in. By staking out the vehicles he was able to find which one was hers, then inform the police who arrested her.

Nasyrova would have escaped justice and continued to commit crime if it hadn’t been for a truly dedicated private investigator who used every legal means at his disposal to fulfil his brief.

National Person Finder’s missing person investigations

It’s admittedly rare to have a international fugitive as a missing person – and incredibly rare to have a missing persons investigator hired to find a criminal rather than a missing family member or friend. But we have often been involved in cases where a parent was concerned about an estranged partner having access to a child, or where an injunction has been awarded but there is evidence to suggest that it’s being broken. In such circumstances absolute discretion is vital but using innovative investigative procedures is also necessary to ensure that information is available sooner rather than later so effective action can be taken.