Monthly Archives: December 2014

Missing Person Investigation is Search for Identity Thief

Until Maria was denied a marriage license, she had no idea that someone had stolen her identity. For sure she never imagined a need for a private investigator like International Investigators.

According to Maria, detectives from the local police department moved too slowly when she reported the alleged crime. Identity theft is often put at the bottom of the case load due to so many other more violent crimes. The authorities didn’t devote much time to investigating her case. And because of that, Maria worried that she and her fiance would be forced to cancel their wedding and lose the large deposit already paid to the reception hall.

Trying to assist a client with identity theft is very similar in many ways to a missing person [...]

Investigation Doesn’t Mend Broken Heart, But Finds Truth

When he and his first wife divorced, Kevin struggled to accept his new life as a single guy. After nearly 30 years together, his first wife left the marriage with no warning. Their children were grown and gone, busy building their own lives. Kevin spent a couple of miserable years alone, trying to make sense of how to be suddenly alone in his mid fifties.

Then he met a great woman. For Kevin, it was love at first sight. Within three months, he and his new love, Anna, were married. Six months later, Kevin came in from work one afternoon to an empty house. Literally. Every single piece of furniture, even the kitchen appliances, everything was gone. Anna had left him, right in the middle of [...]

Bring Due Diligence Home

When Marcy and Darren decided to hire a nanny, they went about the process just like they did when they hired any other contractor, plumber, etc. Once they narrowed the choices, they asked for resumes and references. Then they set time aside to check work records and contact references. They made decisions and moved right along to the next thing in life.

But then Marcy saw an interesting but disturbing news story. A couple in Florida had hired an older woman to be a nanny for their three young children. Before making the decision, they checked the woman's references, and they especially liked that the applicant was older, nearly 60, in fact. They hired her. But a few weeks after the new nanny moved in, [...]

Mom’s Missing!

Private investigators are well aware that not all families are like the Walton's '3/28 – or even the Musketeers. It’s not always all for one and one for all. In fact, here at International Investigators we see many families in situations like this:

Caroline and her sister Laura stopped by to visit their mother, who suffered for the last decade with dementia and had been living in an upscale memory care unit. When they arrived, they learned that Roger, their youngest brother, had signed their mother out of the facility. He explained to the nursing staff that he was driving her over to Caroline's house for a meal. But Roger left with his mother and never returned. He told nurses that his sisters would return [...]

Investigators Save New Business

You might be surprised how many small business owners’ attorneys contact International Investigators. It’s not just the multi-million dollar enterprises who have to be on guard against corporate espionage and theft by employees. Take this case, for example:

When Mitch and his business partners moved from the West Coast to open a second decorative concrete business in the Midwest, they obviously hoped the new venture would be as successful as the first. But none of them were prepared with just how quickly the business grew. Mitch's finishing techniques were unlike any others. The “wow” factor was immediate. Suddenly the new business was the hot topic among many well-known developers and architects.

But that instant popularity prompted jealously among competitors. Unidentified concrete businesses seemed to be trying [...]

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    International Investigators Loves a Happy Ending to Finding Missing Persons

International Investigators Loves a Happy Ending to Finding Missing Persons

Families have secrets that are kept hidden for many years. When brought to light, International Investigators becomes a part of the story, especially if it involves finding a missing person. Like this one, for example:

All of their lives, Mark and Will had been told that their mother abandoned the family. Since Mark and Will were two and four years old, no one had heard from their mom. The men never again saw their mother or anyone from her side of the family. Feeling the hurt of abandonment, the two never attempted to find a person they would call mom.

They were both curious about her ethnic background. Had she been Italian? Or perhaps Greek? They wondered about their own features and skin coloring, so different [...]

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    Finding a Missing Person Saves an Innocent Man from Conviction

Finding a Missing Person Saves an Innocent Man from Conviction

Unfortunately, when some defendants find themselves in front of courtrooms, they need a lot more than a string of character witnesses. There might be someone who is the key to prove innocence, and with our superb skills at finding missing persons, we can find a person and help bring them to court. That is when International Investigators gets a call.

Some cases call for International Investigators to just locate witnesses through a missing person search.
In other cases, a subpoena needs to be served but the particular person in question seems to have vanished.

Depending on the unique needs of each legal case, our investigators are versatile. They can and do jump right into the middle of whatever is necessary. And that is exactly what we did [...]

Love and the Missing Person Investigation

When Adam joined the military and left home as a member of the U.S. Navy, he was fresh out of high school. After he received a favorable discharge, Adam moved back to the area where his family resided. But this time, barely old enough to legally order a beer, he was a married man.

Adam had fallen in love and tied the knot with a woman who had also joined the Navy fresh out of high school in Seattle. When he brought her to Georgia, there were immediately problems in the marriage. Adam's young wife was homesick for her own family. She was overwhelmed by the culture shock of trying to adjust to life in such a different part of the country with new in-laws [...]

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    Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

When people think corporate espionage, they think high-tech and industrial secrets. They don’t realize that corporate espionage includes any product, service or client list that a company has to make money. Everything from chocolate recipes to online marketing techniques can be the subject of business espionage. Here’s a case from the International Investigator files as an example:

While attending design school in England, Beth befriended another student, Miguel. They made an elaborate plan to open a business together once they graduated. While Miguel returned to his native Peru to wait for a visa, Beth returned to her native Florida and accepted a job with an already-established designer.

After Miguel's visa was granted and he arrived in Miami, he backed out of the plan with Beth to [...]