We've all have heard the stories of family members who go missing. The family files a missing persons report and, if there is no immediate evidence to the contrary, the family is told that the missing person may have: lost track of time/ran away/left/went out and phone is dead, or some other scenario.
I understand that LE cannot dedicate all of their resources to finding someone when there is no evidence of foul play; however, as family members we usually know the difference, or what the missing persons normal habits and patterns are. If something has happened, we usually have a sense of it.
My question is, when a person goes missing and LE has not started a full investigation what can the family do? Who should we contact, where should we start? I would really like it if some LEO's can chime in with their opinions on what can/should be done untill law enforcment starts a full scale investigation.
*Note: I'm presuming that friends, family, and work have already been contacted and the individuals whereabouts are not known and they have not been seen.
A few thoughts:
--Contact police dispatch with description of vehicle and licence plate number. Ask if that licence plate number matches numbers run on any abadoned vehicles, recent traffic stops, or recent automobile accidents.