At National Person Finder we are often asked to become involved in international missing persons cases. There can’t be anybody in the UK who isn’t familiar with the case of Madeleine McCann, but it’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming how many missing persons cases there are that end up being investigated by private detectives from a different country who have expertise in locating missing persons.
What happens when somebody goes missing?
Sometimes it’s the families who need to get a private investigation going into the disappearance of a loved one – for example when Katelin Akens left home to board a flight to Arizona, but never made it the Reagan National Airport in Washington, it was immediately classed as a missing persons case. When her luggage was discovered in a drainage ditch, and it contained her plane ticket and credit card, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that something bad had happened. But nearly seven months after her disappearance, the local Sheriff’s Office has no leads. As a result friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise funds to hire a private detective to undertake an investigation so that her loved ones may learn where she is and why she disappeared.
Why pay for a private investigator into a missing persons case?
Sometimes it’s the work of a private investigator seeking for a missing person that turns a police case into something different. A private investigation team has been looking for evidence in the case of DeOrr Kunz, a two year old boy who disappeared in the Idaho Falls region a year ago almost to the day. The little boy was reported missing by his family on 10 July 2015 after camping with them, and in the end, the missing persons investigator brought in an expert dog team to seek further evidence, and based on their findings the police investigation has been transformed from an accidental death enquiry into an intentional homicide one. This is because the private detective team was able to turn over new evidence to the police which changed the nature of the investigation and led to the naming of the toddler’s parents as suspects in the case. This is an interesting situation because the private missing persons investigator was originally hired by the missing boy’s relatives, who then fired him in March. However an anonymous client came on board to pay the independent missing person’s team bills so that they cold continue work on the case which has led to this point. Without that, the family would be no closer to discovering what actually happened to little DeOrr, nearly a year ago.