At Oceania, we have years of experience locating people under the most remote and hostile conditions imaginable. We combine real world experience with years of training to conduct missing person investigations on behalf of families, private individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Outside of a traditional law enforcement approach, a private investigator can pursue many alternative avenues that yield concrete results. County, city and state police agencies, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), have enormous caseloads while manpower and resources are spread thin. A private investigator answers to the parents of a runaway or abducted child, or to whomever retains their services. Many times, law enforcement agencies cannot pursue every available avenue to locate a missing loved one.
Oceania’s missing person investigations are conducted in a proven two-phase process that allows the client to see concrete results while maintaining the costs associated with the investigation.
PHASE ONE INVESTIGATION
Prior to the onset of phase one, the client is required to provide the necessary documents to open the investigation: police reports, prior investigative reports, chronology of the circumstances leading to the disappearance, biography of missing person and medical records, if applicable. This information can be uploaded quickly and easily to our online case management system, or you may choose to send the information via fax, email, post or telephone questionnaire. Once the information is received from the client, the following may be conducted:
- Review: Client information, medical records, law enforcement statements, prior client investigations, biography, and circumstances leading to disappearance. Based on our review, we will attempt to identify if the subject is missing because of foul play, human trafficking or possibly on the streets homeless or delusional, a victim of domestic abuse, mental illness, drug addiction or alcoholism.
- Analyze: Geographical areas of interest based on urban or rural demographics.
- Search Site: Develop area maps and integrate zone fields to include buildings, community interest points and areas conducive to the missing person’s last two weeks of behavior.
- Biographical and Psychological Analysis: Client records, friends and relatives from two to five years prior to the disappearance.
- Create Missing Persons Comprehensive Data Sheet: This data will assist in the field investigation by compiling and detailing the missing person’s identifying data. This may include personal, financial, legal, medical, community, education and employment, vehicle and driver information, utilities and communications.
PHASE TWO INVESTIGATION
Following phase one, the investigation should uncover a confirmed or general address or area, at which point the client may choose to proceed with phase two. Phase two involves traveling to the site area based on findings from phase one to conduct field investigation. The following may be conducted in phase two of the investigation:
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Recruit sources
- Interact and collaborate with nonprofits, local government social service agencies, local and state law enforcement and local community
- Conduct press releases and act as media liaison for the family
- Search intensively for additional physical leads or circumstantial evidence of the disappearance or foul play
Recent Case Summary
A young man diagnosed with psychological issues stole jewelry, cash, prescription medication, and a pistol from his family’s home. We were requested to locate the young man and intervene to ensure his safety and recover the stolen property. We located the young man within six hours of the onset of the investigation. We recovered the majority of the cash and jewelry and coordinated with both his psychiatrist and law enforcement to have him taken into custody for an involuntary psychological evaluation at the request of his family.