The process for filing a missing persons report is a similar process in most states. In Alabama, the only difference is who you actually report the missing person to and where you file the report. Knowing the correct process of completing a missing persons report can help if someone you love ever disappears.
Contact your local Alabama police department. Give them an exact description of the person, including hair color, eye color, skin tone, weight, build, scars, tattoos and height. Make sure to give the police department as much information as possible, also including the length and style of hair, body type and what you saw the person wearing last. Be sure to give a clear description of shoes, hats and any other accessories, such as glasses, that you remember the person wearing.
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Give the police department a list of any known medical conditions or any medications that the person may be in need of. For example, a diabetic may be in need of insulin.
Give the police any photographs that you have of the missing person. The most recent photographs will be the most helpful.
Provide a written report to the police station in addition to your verbal report of all the information you have on the missing person.
Request that the Alabama police department also submit the information to the National Crime Information Center Missing Person File. This will help the information spread further than just your community.
If the person is under the age of 18, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Provide the organization with all of the information you have given to your local Alabama police department. You should also contact the Alabama Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Whitney Jennings writes for various online publications, focusing on topics in business, technology and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from North Georgia College and State University.