Modern mobile phone with GPS navigator.The telephone rings in the International Investigators’ office and the caller asks us if we can find a person. We have a well-deserved superior reputation for finding people because we have developed specific strategies in how to locate people using access to proprietary data bases along with the investigative tactics.

It would be easier for everyone if all shoes worn contained GPS equipment. You do know that there are GPS shoes available now, right? Primarily marketed for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, GPS shoes are satellite monitored with real-time tracking. Patients walking out of facilities or a front door without being noticed could be a thing of the past.

The GPS-equipped shoes are also for those people of all ages with a memory impairment; autistic teens and children, athletes who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. Although not commonly known by the general public, specialists have been recommending the footwear since about 2008.

It would be great, but PIs in a missing person investigation don’t often have the bonus of a subject with GPS shoes. In fact, many of our subjects have gone missing way before the technology was ever available.

Missing heirs or unknown heirs are one case in point. Attorneys representing estates in which the family members have been estranged for many, many years call because the estate cannot be settled until a missing heir is located. It is not unusual for us to be asked to find missing people who have not been heard of or from for more than two decades.

We did not act as heir finders in another case. This case was that of a father who had left his wife and two daughters in the 1960s. Forty years later and after the death of their mother, the daughters wanted to find their father. They hired us to conduct a missing person investigation and we located him. The three agreed to meet. A short few months after, the father died. The daughters wrote to us and shared pictures of the three of them. We don’t often know what happens after our work is done, so we were glad to hear from them.

The fact remains, that no matter what, even without GPS shoes, we know how to find missing persons. If you need help finding someone, call International Investigators.

-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators

-B. McGinley, Director of Operations, International Investigators