We have more chances to enjoy life if we have people in it who we love and cherish. If you love your family and friends, you want to stay close to them. Even if someone moves away, if you care about them, you can keep in touch via text messages, phone calls, email, social media, etc.
If someone goes missing, you might worry and start looking for them. Maybe they just stopped communicating because they don’t want to stay in touch anymore, but perhaps something bad happened, and they need your help.
We’ll talk about looking for missing people in the following article. Maybe you’ll need this information sometime.
You Can Try a Free Person Lookup Site
These days, if you lose someone, you can utilize advanced people search technology via a website that tracks virtually anyone. These sites track people in all kinds of ways. If you lose someone, you might find them this way.
These sites look at their marriage record if they have one. If they married someone, and you didn’t know about it, you might locate them that way. Maybe they changed their last name when they married someone, and you lost track for that reason.
These sites also look at their criminal record. That is public information, whether you knew it or not. If someone has a criminal past, you can learn about them that way unless they take action and seal their record. That’s sometimes possible, but not always.
What Else Do These Sites Use to Find People?
You can also find out about someone via one of these sites by looking at property ownership. Maybe you and this person lost touch, but they bought some property at some point. If they own the property in their name, that’s a public record, and you can locate them. Maybe they bought a house in a different city and state, and they live there now.
If this person ever declared bankruptcy, you can find them that way. It’s embarrassing someone can learn this information about you, but they can. Bankruptcy declarations go public, so lending entities like credit unions and banks can know about a person’s payment history and possible risk factors if they try borrowing money.
These websites also track people via property liens. If an entity has a property lien, and the person you’re tracking owns that property, you can find them this way.
Lawsuits also have public listings. If the person you can’t find sued anyone, or if anyone ever sued them, you will see that listed. You might locate someone that way, and you’ll also get some valuable insight. You can learn what’s happening in their life if some individual or entity brought a lawsuit against them.
What if You Can’t Find Someone that Way?
These free search websites often help you find people. If you can’t find someone that way, you can also pay for these sites sometimes. If you give them money, they can do an even deeper dive to try and locate your missing family member, friend, or anyone else you miss.
If that does not work, you may need to haul out the big guns. Hiring a private detective might make sense for you.
Private detectives know about finding people. They might use some similar web-based tools like the sites we’ve mentioned, but they probably have other resources as well.
Many times, they can talk to police contacts. They might even have FBI or CIA contacts. These entities can track people using technology that the average search website does not have. Hiding becomes difficult when you have someone with these resources after you.
Hiring a Private Detective Costs Money
If you hire a private detective, understand that costs money, and it’s probably not cheap. These individuals expect fair compensation for their time.
If you really miss this person or must talk to them for some other reason, you might pay the private detective’s fees. They can probably locate this person, even if they find a cold trail and no mention in public records that their target existed.
If they can’t find this person, maybe this individual went off the grid intentionally. Perhaps they’re experiencing paranoia and think someone’s after them.
Maybe they angered the mob, or they have someone violent or deranged who’s after them. Sometimes, domestic violence situations influence someone who disappears. They don’t want some jealous ex coming after them.
What Might You Do When You Locate Someone?
You might locate someone via a free lookup website or through a private detective’s help. Maybe you find this person who now lives with a new name in a completely different city or state. Perhaps they even left the country, and live on another continent.
Before reaching out, you might consider why the person took this drastic action. Maybe you don’t know, and it’s that uncertainty that bothers you. You may contact them because you feel this individual owes you an explanation.
You might think that this person cut off contact because they don’t want to continue the friendship or relationship, though. Perhaps they cut ties with everyone and everything they once knew because they wanted a fresh start.
If you think that is the reason, you might not contact them. Maybe now that you know they’re alive, you respect their privacy and let them live as an entirely new person.
You must think about that possibility and act accordingly. If you can’t stand not knowing, maybe you’ll reach out, but when you do, you might not like what you hear. Many times, someone cuts off contact for a valid reason, or at least that’s what they think. When you hear them explain, that might hurt you.
Maybe they just don’t want any past life reminders. If so, when you talk to them, they may hurt you. You might find they don’t want any further contact. If so, maybe you’ll feel worse than you did before.