The following information is meant to answer many of the questions you might have before selecting a private investigator to assist you with your missing person case.
What is the success rate of locating a missing loved one?
Families often are curious of the success rate of my previous missing person cases and findings. While my success rate is approximately 85%, this is merely a generality of my success rate in 20 years of working with families.
How long does it take to investigate and finalize a missing persons case?
Phase One can be completed within 24-72 hours. Phase Two minimum 5 days-25 days.
How do you determine if you will take the case?
Acceptance of the case shall be determined by our initial telephone conversation and a short chronology prepared by the prospective client. Cases will only be accepted if the risk factors mentioned previously are involved in the actual disappearance, and there is an active missing persons police report.
What are your travel parameters?
We have no travel parameters, as in 20 years many of our cases have been overseas as well as centrally located in the United States.
What is NCIC?
NCIC is the FBI National Crime Information Center. It is necessary for law enforcement to enter a missing person’s information to include description, photographs and other pertinent information into the NCIC database. It is necessary the missing person be entered into the NCIC database in one of the following categories, Endangered, Involuntary, Runaway, Catastrophe, and Other. NCIC makes the person’s information and flag they are a missing, to all law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners in the country. We will verify the person has been entered into NCIC, and in the proper category.
How do private investigators charge?
In the majority of cases we will charge an hourly rate. Hourly rates can vary. We will provide you a written estimate prior to beginning the investigation and we do require a retainer before taking a case.
Will you be working on other cases during the investigation?
No. When we are hired, we exclusively work on the case we have been hired to investigate to ensure full attention is given to the case, and the case is handled with efficiency.
What types of things are professional private investigators NOT allowed to do?
PIs have access to information the general public cannot obtain.However, they must obey the same basic laws as ordinary citizens. Four big things they can’t do:
- Pose as law enforcement officers
- Obtain cell phone records via pre-texting
- Wire tapping
- Illegally entering a person’s residence or personal property
Los Angeles Police Department has recommendations about hiring a private investigator here.