Table of Contents:
- How to File a Missing Persons Report in Tennessee
- How to File Missing Person Reports in Alabama
- How to Fill Out a Missing Persons Report in Florida
Collect evidence and information prior to contacting authorities. Collect basic information on the missing person including photographs, known schedules and lists of friends and contacts. If the person or child has any electronic devices such as a phone or computer that you can locate, be sure to have it available for a potential examination by forensic investigators.
Contact your local police department to file a missing persons report. Larger jurisdictions such as the Memphis Police Department maintain dedicated missing persons units within the investigative services branch. You can contact the Memphis police department at 901-545-COPS (901-545-2677).
If the missing person is a child, you can also contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). The TBI is the Tennessee state version of the FBI and runs a missing child unit.
Be available to police investigators handling your report. The police may want to examine the your home or vehicle, and speak with you regarding the missing person. Your cooperation will greatly assist their investigation.
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.
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.
Check with all the missing person's known colleagues, friends, acquaintances and relatives to see if they have seen or heard from the missing. This will determine if he or she is actually missing, as crimestoppersmostwanted.com recommends. This will also help narrow down the time frame of disappearance.
Call local emergency rooms, morgues and prisons. You can find helpful information online, including your county's sheriff's office. That website might be a good place to start. These sites usually put up accident reports as well as information on who has been imprisoned.
File a police report. Missing persons report forms are not available online, you need to file one in person. File the report with either the local police office or sheriff's office.
Be as specific as possible about the physical description of the person. Provide age, weight and height in as close to reality as you can. This is not the time to be shy or cautious about such details. A recent picture will help best. Note that the physical characteristics might change with time, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website explains.
Provide as much information about the missing person as you can, whether authorities have asked for the information or not.Provide everything about contacts, most recent possible locations (bars and strip clubs included). Include the missing person's habits, moods, plans and recent events in life.
Tell about all known medical conditions (including embarrassing ones) and all known medications the person takes regularly. Notify officers if the missing person's life or health might be endangered.
After filing the report, request the case number, the assigned officer's name and direct contact information.
Request that the officer enter the missing person's information into the National Crime Information Center's database and ask for the NIC number, crimestoppersmostwanted.com recommends. This Web site also advises to notify the National Center for Missing Adults and Florida clearinghouse.