Find a Runaway with Linked Investigations

The number of people who run away each year is alarming. According to the National Runaway Switchboard, which takes calls from kids who are considering running away, about 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at least once. This has resulted in a homeless youth population of upwards of 3 million people, according to KidsHealth. Additionally, the National Conference of State Legislatures has found that 75 percent of runaways are female and that upwards of 40 percent of homeless youth are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Linked Investigation can help find a runaway.

Reasons for Running Away

Some of the reasons why people run away are very serious. For example, 46 percent of runaway and homeless youth report that they are victims of physical abuse, while 17 percent report being victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member or household member, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. KidsHealth also noted that some teens run away because their parents or other household members are alcoholics or drug addicts.

Other reasons that people have reported for running away include :

  • Economic Reasons: When runaways worry that they are a financial burden on their parents, they may decide to run away.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Some teenage girls run away when they discover they are pregnant and are afraid to tell their parents.
  • Family Transitions: People may have difficulty coping after there has been a significant change in the family dynamic, such as a death, divorce, remarriage, birth of a new child, or abandonment by a parent.
  • Substance Abuse: Some teens run away when they start to get addicted to drugs or alcohol. They may want to conceal this from their parents by running away.
  • Problems at School: Bullying, peer pressure, academic pressure, and other problems at school may influence a child to run away.

How Linked Investigations Can Help Find a Runaway

Our private investigators work with compassionate on runaway cases. We know how difficult these types of situations can be, and will work tirelessly to help reunite a runaway with their loved ones. Some of the tactics we use that have been effective in locating runaways include :

  • Reviewing Records: Our private investigators can review text message logs, phone records, and social media posts, if available and accessible. (Doing so often requires the assistance of the runaway’s family or friends.) This information could help to identify the last person the runaway spoke with, and provide valuable clues in determining where they might be. Social media posts might include pictures, messages, or other identifying factors – such as GPS locators – that show where the runaway has been.
  • Private Interviews: We can conduct private interviews with people who might know where the runaway is. Friends often feel intimidated or like they are betraying their friend if they reveal information to the police or the runaway’s family. They are often more inclined to speak openly with a private investigator, who can set them at ease and help to convey the importance of finding their runaway friend.
  • Looking Through Personal Belongings: Our investigation may begin at the runaway’s home so that our experienced investigators can look for clues about where the runaway may have gone. This may include reviewing a computer’s browser history to look for recent searches or for web chat logs in which the runaway communicated their intentions. A private investigator might also search for a journal or diary that the runaway may have kept away from his or her parents.

If you are concerned about the safety of a runaway and would like help in locating them, contact us at (877) 464-5374 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or if you prefer, you can contact us online. We can help find a runaway.

Published on: 
September 15, 2015
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