The Lauth Missing Persons team of private investigators provide families with at-risk missing children, missing teens, missing adults and missing loved ones with the most adept and top-rated investigators for recovery and reunification of missing persons.

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Who We Are

The Lauth Investigations Missing Persons team has over 40 years combined experience working closely with families of endangered, at-risk missing persons. Our team regularly collaborates and cooperates with local, state, and federal law enforcement, missing persons organizations nationwide, and with national media.

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There are over 800,000 open missing person cases in the United States today. In order to combat this tragic statistic, we are dedicated to using diverse experience and applied methodology to close unsolved cases. Our firm uses only verified resources, and regularly networks with both national and international missing person organizations, nonprofits and law enforcement agencies.

What We Do

When your case is assigned to our team, your missing family member or loved one becomes our priority. At Lauth, our missing person investigators know that each case is unique to its own circumstances. We work with families to build background profiles and get to know the missing person in order to develop leads in their disappearance. Our team can apply their unique skillsets and experience to a diverse range of missing person investigations. 

Kidnappings & Parental Abductions

Lauth missing person investigators have diverse backgrounds, skillsets and international experience to assist missing person families in times of crisis when abduction or kidnapping occurs. Working inside the US and abroad with Hague collaborating countries we plan and organize high complexity cases in the US or Hague Treaty states. Hague Treaty countries have the goal to ensure the immediate return of children abducted to a contracting state. Our team shall immediately assess the threat and pursue solutions worldwide to recover abducted or kidnapped children.

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Missing & Endangered Children (Runaways)

Each year, hundreds of thousands of missing children are considered to be runaways by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and law enforcement. Many of these children are minorities and children forgotten in the shadows by law enforcement. Our team will never consider your child as a “runaway”. If your family faces the trauma of a missing child but reported as a “runaway,” our team considers your child at-risk and endangered and highest priority. Our team will prioritize your case and follow leads anywhere worldwide, like we have for over 20 years, because we believe all children face unprecedented risk alone on the street.

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Missing Children and Sex Trafficking

For over 20 years Mr. Lauth has been working with families of missing children. We see your child as endangered, not a runaway. The unfortunate truth is missing children can become a victim of sex trafficking within first 72 hours of their disappearance. The underworld of “pimps” and sex traffickers use savvy recruiting procedures of missing children by coercion or force. Sex traffickers do not adhere to boundaries with regards to sex, race, or socioeconomic background.  We know the cruel and meticulous recruiting process that “pimps” and traffickers use to force children into their underworld. Our team can properly assess when your child is missing and endangered, and forced or lured into sex trafficking. By tracking social media and timelines, we can immediately work to locate and pursue a safe intervention and reunification for your family.

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Missing Adults and Mental Illness

Lauth’s missing person investigators are adept in the challenges posed by a search for missing teens and adults with mental illness. We understand the first 72 hours are critical in resolving cases of missing persons with mental illness. If necessary, we engage law enforcement and attempt to get your loved one listed as endangered at-risk. We approach every case with empathy, and work with experts and families to develop immediate and comprehensive strategies for finding your missing loved one. If you have a family member missing with mental illness, first, take these steps suggested by National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Unsolved Homicides

In such tragic events as missing loved ones, the case could evolve into an unsolved homicide. Therefore, when a loved one has gone missing under suspicion of foul play, even the best police departments can struggle with closure of unsolved homicides. Lauth understands bringing light to tragic circumstances can play a significant role in a family’s healing process. We use verified databases and proven methodology to explore un-vetted leads, identify witnesses, and analyze crime scenes. Our final product of information will be collaborated with law enforcement and we will work in tandem to seek justice for your family.

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Missing Persons and Elderly Adults

Lauth missing person investigators work with families to build comprehensive and expedient approaches on elderly missing loved ones within 24 hours of them reported missing. Lauth investigators use diverse experience and verified sources to pursue leads in the cases of vulnerable missing persons. We under the urgency of getting involved within 24 hours of your loved one missing to have a Silver Alert or Code Silver issued for your loved one. On all missing persons cases we understand that cooperation in communities, social media, law enforcement and important stakeholders play key roles in recovery and reunification.

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Testimonials

As a young man with neurocognitive impairment and MH difficulties, my son had been receiving intensive community based MH services and was accordingly, registered as a disabled and endangered missing adult. My local police department placed a statewide bulletin and registered him missing but very quickly, it became apparent that there was not going to be an active, aggressive investigative search for my son. A nonprofit organization recommended the services of a private investigator and Thomas Lauth was contacted.

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Our daughter started slipping in her senior year of highschool. She became very secretive about her life, she was missing school, and seemed to be on drugs…On her 18th birthday, she left…

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I wanted to take this opportunity to formally commend and recommend the services provided by Tom Lauth (Lauth and Associates). My family and I recently worked with Tom regarding my sister and nephew who had been missing for almost two years. Tom was the second investigator who worked the case. Based on the excellent service we experienced, I sincerely regret that we did not work with him initially. I found Tom to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, and emphatic. I immediately felt comfortable in confiding in him. In response, Tom offered a complete plan, with accurate cost disclosures and regular substantive updates.

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Recently my son was missing and we had nowhere to turn, until we found you. He had taken off for work and never got there. No one knew where he was, the police couldn’t help us because he was of age. I called the missing children’s hot line. If any parent is in our situation I recommend highly that they call you.

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A few weeks ago my 17 year old daughter ran away from home. This was not the first time she has done this. I contacted the police and they tried to look for her. I knew they would not be able to find her, she has gotten very street smart. I can’t describe into words just how awful I felt during this horrible ordeal. There were so many horrors that ran through my mind. I knew I had to find someone to help find my daughter.

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Thomas Lauth, an investigator who specializes in missing children and adults, has been one of the most reliable and imaginative investigators we have found to date. Mr. Lauth’s experience with our organization, as well as work he has done for the National Center for Missing Adults, has proven to be invaluable in the locating of abductors and bringing children and adults home.

- The Committee for Missing Children, Inc.

Mr. Lauth’s credentials indicate that he has a high success rate at locating individuals and we have also found this to be true. He not only utilizes various resources to help locate individuals, but he frequently follows up with them after they are located to see how they are transitioning. We will continue to utilize Thomas Lauth’s services in the future. His assistance with this orgranization and the many families will once again be able to hold their loved ones in their arms. We highly recommend the services he provides to these families of missing persons.

- The National Center for Missing Adults

Lauth In the Media

What We Know About the Missing Teen Whose Parents Were Shot to Death

What We Know About the Missing Teen Whose Parents Were Shot to Death

13-year-old Jayme Closs vanished from her rural Wisconsin home around the same time her parents were killed Monday. Over the past few days, haunting images of a teen girl with curly, sandy blonde hair and a dimpled smile named Jayme Closs have been almost inescapable…

ESSENCE Special Report: How D.C.’s Disappearing Girls Highlight The Nation’s Black and Missing Problem

How D.C.'s Disappearing Girls Highlight The Nation's Black and Missing Problem

Black women and girls are going missing and it’s not just in Washington, D.C. It’s happening in Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, and other urban areas around the country…

Western Pa.’s missing adults easily fall off police radar

Western Pa.’s missing adults easily fall off police radar

Lonnie Green was watching TV at his brother’s home in the Hill District when he got up and stepped out. He left through the front door, and his family hasn’t seen him since.

Activists call for dedicated missing persons unit, Cleveland, Ohio

Activists call for dedicated missing persons unit, Cleveland, Ohio

Two weeks after the discovery of 10 bodies and a skull in the of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell, a debate rages over whether Cleveland devotes enough resources to finding missing people.

What We Know About the Missing Teen Whose Parents Were Shot to Death

How D.C.’s Disappearing Girls Highlight The Nation’s Black and Missing Problem

Western Pa.’s missing adults easily fall off police radar

Activists call for dedicated missing persons unit; cities that have them caution against high hopes

Most missing adult cases unsolved

Most missing adult cases unsolved

Police are awaiting lab results to determine whether the remains found last weekend in East Falmouth belong to a missing Falmouth man, but many missing person cases are never solved.

The National Center for Missing Adults Funding Was Slashed by the Feds, but Volunteers Are Keeping It Alive, Pheonix New Times

The National Center for Missing Adults Funding Was Slashed by the Feds, but Volunteers Are Keeping It Alive, Pheonix New Times

For 15 years, the National Center for Missing Adults helped track the thousands of adults who go missing in this country every year — and did its best to reconnect them with their families.

Is Olisa Williams still alive?, The Ann Arbor News

Is Olisa Williams still alive?, The Ann Arbor News

The story told by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is chilling – Olisa Williams was 1 year old when her father took her to an Ann Arbor park in 1982.

LAPD, family both trying to find man missing 4 1/2 years

LAPD, family both trying to find man missing 4 1/2 years, Daily News, Los Angeles, CA

A 27-year-old bachelor, Robert Anthony Spellman frequently worked out at a Sherman Oaks gym, then stopped at his mother’s house for dinner before heading to his own home in Woodland Hills.

Most missing adult cases unsolved, Cape Cod Times

The National Center for Missing Adults Funding Was Slashed by the Feds, but Volunteers Are Keeping It Alive, Pheonix New Times

Is Olisa Williams still alive?, The Ann Arbor News

LAPD, family both trying to find man missing 4 1/2 years, Daily News, Los Angeles, CA

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If your loved one has gone missing, call Lauth investigations International today for a free quote on our missing person services. We charge only flat fees around the world and work with families to develop comprehensive, pragmatic strategies in searching for their missing loved one. Our investigators and support staff are empathetic and diligent in their approach, ensuring special care is given to families in times of crisis.

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