Missing Persons

 Provided by the Fairfield County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office – Kyle Witt

Office of the Victim Assistance Division



What do I do if someone is missing?

  • Contact your local law enforcement agency as soon as you can.
  • Check areas where a child may play or fall asleep. Check inside large appliances, check areas where your child was last seen.
  • Provide law enforcement of date, time and location of where the person was last seen.
  • Provide law enforcement with names of last person(s) who saw the person prior to the disappearance.
  • Determine the names of companions last seen with them.
  • Secure the personal belongings and child’s room until law enforcement has conducted a search.
  • Identify and secure computers, online resources, or communications devices the person may have used. Ask law enforcement to check these for clues.
  • Provide general health information about the victim to law enforcement.
  • Compile descriptive information about the missing person.
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  • Ask that an AMBER ALERT be considered.
  • Ask if a neighborhood canvass will be done
  • Keep all telephone lines open
  • Obtain name and contact information of the investigator assigned to your case
  • Provide law enforcement with information about individuals showing interest in the missing person.
  • Provide law enforcement with custody issues including court-ordered visitation conditions.
  • Tell law enforcement of changes in a person’s behavior prior to disappearance.
  • Restrict access to neighbors, friends and nonfamily members until law enforcement has arrived.

 Things to include on a Missing Person’s Sign:

  • Person’s Full Name
  • Where they were missing from
  • Date missing
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eyes
  • Hair
  • Race
  • Other details to describe the person, such as: what they were wearing, scars, tattoos, body piercings, health problems, jewelry or personal belongings they were wearing, etc..


If you think you have seen a missing child, contact:

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

http://www.missingkids.com/home 1-800-THE LOST / 1-800-843-5676


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