missing person investigation

Hoosier Daddy – Finding a Missing Biological Father

It happens every year around Valentine’s Day. We get a couple of calls with specific requests from a spouse in finding birth parents. And that is exactly what happened with Lorraine. Her husband wanted to know how to find a birth father. His mother was involved in a short relationship and he was the result of it. To find a biological father is a lot easier due to the surname and men rarely change their last name. All the information she had was his first name and a possible last name. She never told him their relationship produced a child. She was from a very well-to-do family and her parents hid the fact that she was pregnant from their friends and convinced her to [...]

Past Brought Into the Present – Finding a Missing Person

There was this story about a WWII veteran who had dated a woman a few months in London before he was forced to leave for the Battle of Normandy in France.  After 7 decades they were reunited with the help of each of their children.

We receive many calls asking questions about one’s past loves here at International Investigators.  Our clients usually try to find them utilizing a people search type of database that only leaves them frustrated with the results.  These types of databases have a lot of information, yet nothing is verified and it is somewhat difficult to verify if the person you are looking for is the person that gets pulled up in your search.

Let’s take for instance a man who called [...]

A New Twist on Missing Heir Investigation

When International Investigators is asked to assist in finding missing heirs, there are a variety of outcomes that repeat. In one case, the outcome has yet to repeat itself.

The trust agent called the office and explained that John* had died and there were no known heirs named. However, the trust agent believed, from conversations he had had with John over the last several years that there might, indeed, be an heir – or more than one – somewhere. He wanted us to see if we could find evidence that the unmarried man had fathered any children.

International Investigators is rated as one of the top firms for finding missing persons but this was the first time we were asked to find a person that may [...]

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    Investigation Proves You Can’t Be in Two Places at One Time

Investigation Proves You Can’t Be in Two Places at One Time

In the investigative business, one day is never like the next. At International Investigators, we happen to like the fact that we might work with a few insurance companies, to find the truth about suspected insurance fraud and then go directly to a case involving suspected employee embezzlement. From there, it’s not a bit unusual for us to then help an attorney locate a missing heir or find unknown heirs.

We also frequently work with both sides of a court case. Sometimes it’s the prosecutor’s office. But on other occasions, we get a call from a defense attorney.

Not long ago, a defense attorney contacted International Investigators about a high-profile case. In many ways, the media had already got the ball rolling in regard to publicly [...]

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    Call International Investigators When a Key Witness is a Missing Person

Call International Investigators When a Key Witness is a Missing Person

One purpose of finding people is often overlooked. The average citizen doesn’t think about how attorneys find the witnesses they need for court.

International Investigators works with attorneys to find a person that might hold the key to their case.

We know how to find missing persons who have knowledge of the facts in a situation. For example, Mary* had known Joe* for only about six months on the evening they walked out of his home and he was arrested. She had no idea what he was being arrested for and she wanted nothing to do with anything that had to do with the police.

Immediately she quit taking his calls and when his attorney tried to contact her, her roommate informed him that she had moved [...]

Family Secret Sets off Missing Person Investigation

International Investigators is known as the place to go when you need to find someone. That’s because we know how to find missing persons. Although not a last resort, we are often part of a slim slice of hope; a tiny sliver that someone has held on to for a long, long time.

For instance:

The mother whose son left home 20 years ago.
The child whose birth parents are a mystery.
The man whose sister was adopted 35 years ago from a tiny rural town.
The father who abandoned his wife and children.
The grandmother whose grandchild was relocated to another state after the death of her child.

We often hear an emotional story and are handed a few tattered photographs. The reasons are many that have turned a wish [...]

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    Down to the Wire Fugitive Recovery Agents Look to International Investigators

Down to the Wire Fugitive Recovery Agents Look to International Investigators

At International Investigators, no two days are ever the same.

We work to solve employee embezzlement
We do our best to find missing people.
We undertake investigations for medical malpractice lawsuits and personal liability cases.
And we also work with fugitive recovery agents, or bail

Time is of the essence in many investigations, but always in fugitive recovery cases. If their client skips bail, then the bondsman loses all of that bail money unless the fugitive can be located and returned for court.

Obviously, bail recovery agents are always anxious for our help. They come to us as their last resort, so time is always in short supply.

We use an assortment of investigative tools to fit each individual case. But for bondsmen, investigation often requires a mix of digital forensics, [...]

Would Just Finding a Missing Person Be Enough For You?

When Kim's son, Jake, announced that he was joining the United States Army, she wasn't sure how she felt about that decision. In some ways, Jake was fairly lost. He worked dead-end jobs for a few weeks then quit. He moved in and out of the family basement. She knew Jake was at least dabbling in some drug use. And so, in one way, Kim tried to hope that Jake would find the structure and direction he needed by serving in the military.

In another way, she feared that he would be rejected as a possible new soldier, either because he failed a drug screen or because he was unable to pass psychological tests. Still feeling that confusion, Kim hid her concerns behind a smile [...]

Private Investigators Aid in Fugitive Recovery

A couple of other bail bondsmen had warned Nick about working with the guy. They took the time to explain to Nick that, while this was a high-profile case, which would obviously provide Nick's business with a lot of attention, the bail was astronomical. And along with that point, the client, a banker named McMann, had access to loads of cash and would likely be a serious flight risk.

But Nick was new to the business and hungry for publicity. He knew that McMann would leave the jail wearing an ankle bracelet for house arrest so Nick trusted that McMann would have little opportunity to skip bail.

Nick ignored the warnings from others and put up the cash for McMann's bail. Sure enough, the seasoned colleagues [...]

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 [...]