Is there someone in your life, that isn’t in your present life? What I mean to say is, is there an old friend, lover or family member you are curious about that you haven’t seen in ages? Or perhaps you were adopted and want to know where your birth parents are, or someone has disappeared and you need help finding them. Being a Private Investigator I have been trained in many different aspects of the job. One of them being missing persons or locates as we call them. Most times it’s not too hard to find someone. Unless they don’t want to be found. Some people don’t want to be found and can cover their tracks quite well. Perhaps they are in trouble with the law, or are running from an abusive relationship, or simply just missing. I do get a lot of parents looking for minor runaway teenagers. It’s a sad statistic but very real and common. Whatever the reason, there are ways to aid in tracking someone down. If you are going to hire a PI, you need to gather as much information about the person as possible. For example, where they live or lived, what type of vehicle did they drive. Their appearance, color of eyes, hair, height etc. Where do they like to hang out? Bars, restaurant’s… area.

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Have they left a paper trail? Bank statements, letters etc. Last known phone number etc. Anything that will make it easier and give you a better result when trying to find someone. Locating someone can get quite extensive, if it goes past or beyond our local boarders, to another province or farther. A PI can do a lot online, but it does help to be able to walk in the areas and talk to people where that person resided or hung out. Keep this in mind. Does this person what to see you? Would they be happy or upset by your searching for them? These are things you must consider before taking on such an endeavor.

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This also blends into looking for a cheating spouse. In this instance, footwork is the best to determine if the person is being unfaithful in anyway. Whatever the reason, do your homework first before you hire a professional. They are on your side and will do whatever they can and within their power to make your file have a good outcome. Make sure you are emotionally able to handle the results as well. If it was a lost love, or someone you still have feelings for, remember they might not still feel the same. I have had a few cases where the person searching, was doing it for the sake of stalking. Unbeknownst to me. I do not participate in files where I know there is mal-intent involved. They are obsessed with the other person, and if this happens can lead to all sorts of legal entanglements. So make sure you have the best of intentions.