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When to Report?
January 10, 2011
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dtypist
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How long should a person be missing before we report it? I know for children, we should report them as missing as soon as we haven't heard or seen them or without knowing where they are. How about for adults?

January 11, 2011
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I may be mistaken, but I believe the police require an adult to be missing for a certain period of time (24 hours?) before they will let you file a report. I think to get them to file something sooner than that there would have to be evidence of foul play.

January 12, 2011
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I believe it depends on whatever police department serves your jurisdiction.

January 14, 2011
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If I felt that a "no show" or a lack of contact with somebody was notably unusual - I would report my concerns at least. The authorities can only say to wait another 24 hours, or whatever the local rules are. I think there may also be "Lost Person" helplines.

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January 19, 2011
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I've always heard for adults, you should report them 24 hours after they've been missing. I would report sooner though, if it was out of their character to be out-of-contact. As for children, I'd report them missing immediately... but I guess like the others said, it depends on the authorities in the area.

January 19, 2011
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This is the problem with police protocols. The longer we wait then the chances of finding our loved ones will become slim. Anyway, will we get any charges if ever we made a false alarm to the police, even though we don't mean it?

January 19, 2011
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If you believe a person to be actually missing, I think they won't have a problem with you reporting it, even if they show up. Most of the time, they say 24 hours, I believe, but I would definitely call sooner when it is a child.

February 13, 2015
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i will definitely call for help the sooner i know somethings missing and not right.

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