CALIFORNIA: HOW TO REPORT A MISSING PERSON – You may initiate a Missing Persons Report of any adult or juvenile by contacting your local law enforcement agency. Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement agencies in California do not require a person to wait a specific period of time before reporting a missing person.
If you have to report a missing person, be thorough. When a person is reported missing in California, it is best for the family to make contact at all four levels of law enforcement. This is imperative to ensure the name of the missing person be logged into city, county, state and nationwide search systems, if possible.
List of Missing Persons Resources:
- Nat’l Missing and Unidentified Persons System: WWW.NAMUS.GOV
- California Attorney General’s Office: WWW.OAG.CA.GOV
- Nat’l Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST
- Missing Children’s Clearinghouse: 1-800-222-FIND
- FACEBOOK: Another way to highlight your missing loved one’s case is to visit “Missing Persons of America” and “Locate the Missing” on Facebook. Here you can post free ads for missing persons…and re-post frequently, to keep your search alive.
CALIFORNIA LAW ENFORCEMENT– Our law enforcement agencies do an excellent job of finding and solving missing persons and murder cases. However, many new cases arise each day. Diligent action from families and communities help NamUs and smaller agencies in California stay up-to-date.
UNMATCHED DNA– Even in this day and age, human remains go unidentified for years.
ISAIAH MARSH– For example, take the well publicized case of Isaiah Marsh…May he rest in Peace.
- First, Isaiah was reported missing in Nevada County, California.
- Next, Isaiah’s truck was found in Riverside County, nine hours away…abandoned.
- Finally, Isaiah’s remains were located, but continued to be unidentified in Riverside County for four years.
- Four years later– Isaiah’s unidentified remains were matched to his Missing Person Report/DNA originally filed in Nevada County.
Tips from True Crime California:
- California Counties– It is wise to start with the county where the missing person was last seen / known to be. There are hundreds of micro-towns in California, so tiny they cannot be recognized on a map. If you are just starting your search, begin with county first.
- State of California– Immediately following a missing persons report, a sample of the missing person’s DNA should be made available to the The State of California. Unidentified remains (from anywhere in the State or USA) can then be matched when located, rather than years later.
MISSING ADULTS- If your child is a missing adult and you feel concerned, do not hesitate to file a report with the city or county in which your child was last seen. If your child is in distress, it’s the one way to help find them.
Keep Searching…True Love Never Dies.
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