1. If you believe a loved one is missing, react immediately.
2. Call your local law enforcement to report your missing person.
3. Write down all information, keep a daily journal i.e. dates, times, contacts, conversation, any and all information that might be important.
4. Verify that your missing person has been entered in the NCIC.
5. Contact resources listed on the reverse side.
6. Make and keep a list of important telephone numbers, email addresses and other important contacts.
7. Make a detailed list of physical characteristics of your missing person, i.e. hair color, weight, height, date, date of birth, distinguishing marks, habits. Keep this list and a current photograph with you at all times.
8. Do not list your personal telephone number on the posters.
9. Designate a family media person.
10. Designate a family law enforcement contact.
11. Collect and preserve, in a plastic bag, missing persons hairbrush, tooth brush and any other items that may contain fingerprints or DNA.
12. If applicable, make copies and keep in your possession any custody or legal papers that may be relevant.
13. Contact your communities Victim Response Team
14. Preserve your missing persons room or house.
15. Contact your local place of worship for assistance.
16. Record name, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of all volunteers.
17. If a reward fund is established, form a committee.
18. Designate a family and non-family member to assist in donations of funds, goods or services.
19. Have a person instead of an answering machine or voice mail answer your telephone or cellular phone.
20. Buy or borrow a cellular telephone for communications.
21. Request the publication: “When your Child is Missing”, 1-800-THE-LOST 22. Inquire whether your missing person’s cell phone has GPS technology.
23. Keep in daily contact with law enforcement.
24. Eat, sleep and take care of yourself.
25. Remember, there is no such thing as a runaway.
26. Check out references of programs and people offering you help, beware of services offered for a fee.
27. Crying is not a bad thing, keep your feelings real.
28. Remember the media is here to help you.
29. Remember the left behind siblings and family; they are also missing a loved one.
30. Keep a list of business contacts and services used.
31. Keep a list of areas searched and people contacted.
32. Keep a list of where you put up posters.
33. Posters are great. When your missing person returns, take them down.
34. Maintain an email list.
35. Remember this is not your fault.
36. Maintain communication with all agencies involved.
37. Launch a website and keep updated information posted.
38. If you have a question...ask.
39. Utilize community resources like the fire departments, service clubs, and youth groups for awareness events.
40. Monitor your missing persons bank accounts and credit cards.
41. Make a list of items missing, i.e. cd’s, clothing, personal items and money.
42. Make a list of telephone hang-ups and wring numbers.
43. Discontinue use of missing person’s computer and make available to law enforcement.
44. Monitor missing persons e-mail account.
45. E-mail a message to your missing person, but don’t over do it.
46. Utilize social media to get the word out.
47. Turn over missing person’s cell phone to law enforcement.
48. Maintain a list of your missing person’s email and telephone accounts.
49. Discuss with the family and friends their role in assisting in a safe return.
50. Remember the only image you should have of your loved one is the last time you saw them smiling. Keep the image as your hope that they will be home soon.