find a missing relativeYou may have a lost relative that you want to find, perhaps an aunt, uncle, cousin or even a brother or sister, but you are not sure how to go about it. There are a few basic things you can do on your own, and you may have already tried them. You can also hire a private investigator. Using our services offers distinct advantages, but let’s begin with common do-it-yourself attempts to find loved ones.

  1. Using a search engine

    This is the first instinct that most people have. They simply enter the name of the missing relative and hit the search button. This alone is extremely limited. The more common the name, the greater the results will be, and there is a good chance the person you are looking for will not be listed. Our private investigation services are focused in areas that will likely produce results.

  2. Using Social media

    There are many popular social media sites that can be searched to find a missing family member, and it is true that people have been found in this manner. When this happens, it is almost always a situation where the missing relative was listed on the social media website. They were not missing so much as they simply lost contact with other family members over time. This method is a matter of luck, and our service does not rely on luck.

  3. A public records search

    Several databases of public records are available to the public for free or a small charge online. Examples are records of marriages and deaths. Many of these databases are for cities and counties, so you need to know where to begin your search. Our knowledge of public records and how best to access it gives our clients the best chance of finding their loved one.

  4. Online search sites

    Once you attempt to use the above methods and are not successful at finding your loved one, the next step will be to pay for assistance. There are many websites that claim that for a fee they can help you access certain data that will help you find a mission person, but the truth is that these sites, at best, exaggerate their effectiveness. In contrast, when using our services, you are hiring investigators with skill and experience. You are not relying on the hope that you can find and navigate the database that will have the information you are looking for.

If you want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to find a missing relative, then let our professional private investigation services do the work for you. We have access to information that cannot be found on any website, free or paid. We also have years of experience that guides us in using the most productive techniques to locate your loved one.

Occasionally, when someone is searched for, it will turn out that they are deceased. If this is the case, we can find this out. It may also be the case that a long lost family member is incarcerated. If they are serving time for a crime in prison, we have the ability to find out this information as well. Keep in mind, not everybody wants to be found, and this is why our services are essential. We can locate a missing relative and do so discreetly. We can also find out whether a reunion is desired by the missing relative.

If you have tried to search for a missing loved one without success, it is time to call our professional investigative service company. The knowledge and skill our personal investigators use can produce results you could not hope to achieve on your own. In fact, if you are contemplating to begin a search for a loved one, it is best to skip attempting the search yourself and talk to us first. When you are ready, contact us and tell us about your lost family member. We can let you know what the possibilities are to locate them.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.