The epidemic of missing person’s Investigations in the United States is the scourge of a modern society. In the age of the internet, supercomputers, connectivity, and CSI, how can there be over 110,000 people whose locations are unknown in the United States? According to
In that same society how can there be an estimated 40,000 unidentified dead throughout the US? If we accept the premise that the majority, if not all, of these unidentified deceased were reported missing somewhere, we must ask why haven’t these cases (the unidentified and the missing) been linked together? Where is the missing link between them?
The Apogean Group is proud to say we have a 100% record when it comes to missing persons, and the point of this post isn’t to lecture investigators, It is, however, my intention to share with the professional investigator my perspective.
The fact is that the vast majority of missing person’s Investigations resolve themselves by the return of the missing person, through minimal help by law enforcement (Law Enforcement Professionals are over worked with limited resources for Missing Person’s Investigations). This fact is both a blessing and a curse, for it leaves many misguided personnel to invest little or no time into the basics of the investigative process, counting on the missing person’s return. This has had, and will continue to have, dire consequences for the true at-risk missing person’s Investigation cases and the missing person’s family.
Forget what you saw on last night’s episode of CSI! There are primarily only three scientifically-acceptable ways to identify someone who is either unwilling or unable to identify themselves: fingerprints, dental records, and DNA. The vast majority, well over 90%, are identified by fingerprints. But, we are not always so lucky. The missing person’s Investigations that have not been identified run the gamut from shooting victims brought to the emergency room, a decomposed body found in an open field, or mummified bodies found on a hillside. By far, though, the most common and challenging unidentified cases are those that were found months or years after death (which makes up about 90%),
Fingerprints, dental records, and DNA! These are the critical minimum records that must be submitted into law enforcement’s searchable databases. These are the missing links.
Shockingly, missing persons records across the United States include these identifiers at the following rates:
Fingerprints – Less than 1%
Dental Records – About 4%
DNA – Much less than 1%
There are several factors that make missing person’s investigations a challenge, but there are a few guidelines I go by to ensure success of each and every case. Due to the nature of the content it’s my bread and butter so I do not want to divulge all of my secrets; however I will share one; a close examination of routine, can give you a lot of insight into why a person goes missing. Just recently you may of heard of a missing person’s investigation in Plano Texas. Within two days after careful examination combined with ability I found the missing person in under 2 days. I am not tooting my own horn here, rather trying to prove a point about someone’s routine, in this case it was a major factor.
If you know of a missing persons and have information leading to a missing person, or have a loved one that is missing in Texas contact The Apogean Group leave your information someone will get back to you ASAP our results are 100%