It is estimated that a child goes missing or is abducted in this country every 40 seconds.
In 60% of the cases there is more than a two hour delay before Law Enforcement is called.

 

PRESERVING THE SCENE – EVERY ONE WANTS TO HELP

When a person goes missing, friends, family, neighbors even communities want to help.

This is a powerful force but all to often, this force complicates and helps destroy the “one thing needed most”…..the chance to find the missing person or those responsible for their abduction.
When people arrive at the possible crime scene, with all the good intentions in mind, they contaminate the scene, cause confusion and possibly destroy evidence.
The better preservation of the crime scene may result in a collection of more and better evidence, better working conditions for investigators, time saving and allow the investigation to proceed faster.

PEOPLE CAN STILL BE A VALUABLE RESOURCE IF THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO AND WHEN AND WHERE TO DO IT

 

WHEN A PERSON IS MISSING

DO’S:

1. Contact Law Enforcement IMMEDIATELY.

2. Keep everyone out of the area until the police can secure the scene.

3. Close off the child’s or missing persons room – Don’t allow any one in.

4. Keep friends and neighbors away from the child’s home and the point where the child was last seen.

5. Provide a central location, several hundred feet away from the scene, where friends and family can meet to obtain information.

6. Understand that Scent is Evidence. Learn to preserve it. Do not touch or move anything belonging to the lost subject.

7. Remove all pets and other animals from the area.

8. Turn off all engines near the scene. Engine exhaust can destroy evidence.

DONT’S:

1. Don’t – Contaminate the area with your presence.

2. Don’t – Handle anything!

3. Don’t – Clean up or pick up the house or area – leave things exactly the way they were. Don’t pick up dirty clothes, sheets, etc. or allow anyone to touch them.

4. Don’t Go searching by yourself…WAIT for Law enforcement direction.

 

Time Person has been gone: Distance Traveled in a Straight Line:

Persons 15 -50+ Years old:

1 hour 4 miles

1/2 hour 2 miles

15 minutes 1 mile

7.5 minutes 1/2 mile

3 plus minutes 1/4 mile

 

Persons 5 – 14 years old:

1 hour 2 miles

1/2 hour 1 mile

15 minutes 1/2 mile

7 to 10 minutes 1/4 mile

 

Persons 2 – 4 Years Old:

1 hour 1 mile or less

1/2 hour 1/2 mile or less

15 minutes 1/4 mile or less

7 to 10 minutes 1/8 mile or less