Skip Tracing - Find the Needle in the Haystack

Skip tracing can be hard for the average person to do on their own, which is why there are so many online companies that do the skip tracing for you. If you are in the midst of a skip trace case, you may get lucky. You might be able to find a person who has moved on without a forwarding address or phone if the trail is fresh enough.  Otherwise, it can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack.  Here are some tips to help you if you are embarking on your own Skip Tracing adventure.

Skip Tracing - Find Someone Fast

  1. Check Their Last Known Address: You can talk to a landlord to find out if they left a forwarding address.  If not, try mailing to them at their last known address to see if what message comes back.  This can sometimes give you clues as to their whereabouts.
  2. Call 411:  It may seem old school but you would be surprised how many people establish phone service elsewhere and forget to request that their name remain unlisted.  A simple call to information might yield positive results.
  3. Reverse Directories:  If you have a telephone number for the person who has skipped, try using a reverse directory.  Sometimes Googling the number will give you information as well.
  4. Cover Governmental Bases. You can try checking voter registries, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the state's driver's licensing bureau.  Sometimes you can find a more current address to work from.
  5. County Certificates: You may want to check county marriage and death certificates to see if the skipper turns up there. Marriage licenses can be beneficial in multiple ways.  If the skip had witnesses, usually friends and/or family, you may be able to find their contact information to lead you to the skip.
  6. Work Contacts: If you know the person's last place of business, you may be able to track them down using co-workers, clients, vendors, etc.
  7. Personal Contacts: Hit the pavement, and the phone lines, and start talking to neighbors, friends, family, and anyone else that might know where they are at.

Time to Hire a Private Investigator?

Skip tracing can be incredibly time consuming, and frustrating, if you don't have a lot of experience. If the above techniques don't yield the results you want, it might be time to hire a private investigator. Linked investigations has been a licensed los angeles private investigator for more than 30 years.  We can help you find someone for an affordable fee.  Contact Us for more information on successful skip tracing techniques.

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August 1, 2012
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