Lauth Missing Persons Investigators
Founder & CEO
Founded in 1993, Thomas Lauth is a nationally recognized as a Missing Persons and Human Trafficking Investigator and graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He initially served as Senior Criminal Investigator for Marion County Public Defender Agency located in Indiana.
In addition, Thomas has attended various U.S. Department of Justice conferences on missing persons, human trafficking, and child abduction–also serving as a volunteer Advisor to the Nation’s Missing Children Organization and the National Center for Missing Adults for nearly twenty years. In addition to working with local and state law enforcement, Lauth has worked cooperatively with Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. State Department, the U.S. Consulate and various foreign embassies.
Lauth is considered an expert in missing persons by national media and has appeared in publications like Essence Magazine, USA Today, Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Tribune, New York Times and more. Lauth Investigations success rate is averaged at approximately 85% over 20 years working with families of missing persons. Every case is unique based on the circumstances of the disappearance and discovery based upon the private investigator’s fact-finding.
Missing Persons Advocate
Thomas Lauth and his missing person investigations often benefit from the involvement and expertise of missing person advocate Kym Pasqualini. She is the founder of Nation’s Missing Children Organization (1994), and the National Center for Missing Adults (2000), serving as CEO for nearly 20 years. Through the language of the media and social platforming, Kym has worked tirelessly with investigators, nonprofit organizations, and media outlets to bring awareness of the growing epidemic of missing and unidentified persons in the United States. She has collaborated with Fox Valley Technical College, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Department of Justice, and sheriffs’ departments throughout the nation to promote education and initiative in addressing this pervasive trend in missing and unidentified person cases. Her advocacy combined with an adept knowledge of print, digital, and social media formed the genesis that lead her to establishing one of the first databases of missing and unidentified persons available. She worked with Congress to pass Kristen’s Law from 1996 to 2000, and created the National Missing Adult Advisory Board. Kym’s empathy and compassion for the families of missing and unidentified persons has resulted in her passionate representation of crime victims everywhere. Her media appearances include Anderson Cooper Live, The John Walsh Show, Lifetime TV, Montel Williams, USA Network, CNN, and People Magazine. She is currently the director of MissingLeads.com.
Research & Support Specialist
Once intake has set up the files and created a strong foundation for the investigation, the fact-finding process begins. Carie McMichael is the Communication and Media Specialist for Lauth Investigations International. She runs the company’s social media, blog, and provides crucial research support for both administration and field investigators. “Once all of the principle information has been compiled, I assist investigators in building backgrounds on all of the subjects in any particular investigations.
We utilize confidential, authorized databases to gather any and all information on a subject that could serve as a valuable lead for our field investigators, like date of birth, addresses, and criminal records.” As the youngest member of the Lauth Team, McMichael’s proficiency and long-time use of social media platforms allows her to locate vital information in cases such as child custody, infidelity, and employee malingering. “Social media is so ubiquitous nowadays. Some people make a post to their Twitter before they even get out of bed in the morning. With a culture of over-sharing and constant social media visibility, it’s crucial that we pull that information in the interest of finding credible leads.”
Lauth Investigations International collaborates with investigators throughout the country. One of Lauth’s Investigators, known as CJ, brings a unique set of qualifications and methods to the table when it comes to developing solutions in any investigation. CJ’s combined ten years of experience in both law enforcement and private investigations has allowed her to build an impressive investigator’s tool chest, focusing on criminal investigations, fraud, and reported deception. Proficiency in investigative procedures has allowed CJ to navigate the course of any investigation efficiently and thoroughly. CJ has been decorated throughout their career with awards, medals, and commendations for the resolution of difficult situations, including Meritorious Service in 2014. CJ has collaborated in operations with United States Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, as well as local and state level tactical teams. But CJ says being a quality field investigator is more than just knowledge of procedure and decorated experience, “I believe the empathy I exhibit toward people makes me a great investigator. Often times it’s important to not show your emotions, but I have found that having and showing empathy for others is essential to be an overall good person. It makes you relatable and people see and appreciate that you recognize that we are all flawed in some way. People tend to open up to me and share intimate details of their lives.”