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    Question Waiting 24 hours to report a missing person?

    This may be a silly question but...

    Do you still have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing if you've received a call from someone threatening to harm the person (the one missing)?

    I mean, if there is a threat involved does that change things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novel_Writer
    This may be a silly question but...

    Do you still have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing if you've received a call from someone threatening to harm the person (the one missing)?
    No. You never have to wait 24 hours- under any circumstance. If it's a healthy adult that's missing, then there must be something suspicious behind their disappearance. But there is no time limit.
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    Not in SC... you report it, we investigate it, whatevet time has elapsed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Most_Wanted
    Not in SC... you report it, we investigate it, whatevet time has elapsed.
    +1 for Texas
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    Ditto in Illinois

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    Quote Originally Posted by Most_Wanted
    Not in SC... you report it, we investigate it, whatevet time has elapsed.
    Add another +1 for Kentucky. Some departments may give you that line, but it's bullsheeit. I look at it this way, the quicker you report it, the quicker I can get it entered into NCIC, the better chance you have of getting your loved one back. We got a teletype about a month ago from the FBI offering assistance for any missing persons case.

    The majority of ours are habitual runaways though. Every once in a while we'll have one with suspicious circumstances. Regardless, they are entered as soon as the officer brings in the case report, and NCIC forms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jvandecar
    Add another +1 for Kentucky. Some departments may give you that line, but it's bullsheeit. I look at it this way, the quicker you report it, the quicker I can get it entered into NCIC, the better chance you have of getting your loved one back. We got a teletype about a month ago from the FBI offering assistance for any missing persons case.

    The majority of ours are habitual runaways though. Every once in a while we'll have one with suspicious circumstances. Regardless, they are entered as soon as the officer brings in the case report, and NCIC forms.

    +1 Maryland. However... some times with the healthy adults who have never done this before you can pretty much assume that they either got locked up when they went out on Saturday night... or they are over a "friend's" house.

    We have a local woman who is extremely possessive of her husband and calls when he is running late to get home from work or she just doesnt know where he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slamdunc
    Ditto in Illinois
    LOL...except for when you come out of your crack haze or heroine haze and you report your 13 year old missing since....."lemme tink office....i tink i seen him about tree days ago. Mights be fo' days. I's dont remember."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcopd79

    We have a local woman who is extremely possessive of her husband and calls when he is running late to get home from work or she just doesnt know where he is.

    Wow. lol

    Thanks for the replies.

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    No time limits at all in the UK.

    Missing from home or mispers get graded as low,medium or high risk. We even have dedicated missing from home managers who are usually sergeants or inspectors who will normally get involved with high risk mispers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Novel_Writer
    This may be a silly question but...

    Do you still have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing if you've received a call from someone threatening to harm the person (the one missing)?

    I mean, if there is a threat involved does that change things?
    That's just in the movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakflak
    That's just in the movies.
    lol. thanks...I'm trying to make this as realistic as possible....so if a cop reads it they are not shaking there head negatively the whole time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novel_Writer
    lol. thanks...I'm trying to make this as realistic as possible....so if a cop reads it they are not shaking there head negatively the whole time.
    It all depends on what you'll create as the situation and the response. Here in the Big City, West Coast, just in one geographic area we can get about three to four missing persons in a day. We do not start "investigations" where we immediately follow all leads, question the local sex offenders, and round up the ususal suspects.

    Although a missing person report is taken, and the M/P's info is placed in the NCIC computer database, the paper often sits untouched by an investigator for a couple of days. Typically, the investigator goes through those preliminary reports and learns that all but one of the M/P's he/she's been assigned was found, in jail, at their friend's house, drunk in Las Vegas, or in a hospital.

    The 'threat' you mention in your first post, might draw more focus on the investigation from the beginning, but who can say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieth M.
    Although a missing person report is taken, and the M/P's info is placed in the NCIC computer database, the paper often sits untouched by an investigator for a couple of days. Typically, the investigator goes through those preliminary reports and learns that all but one of the M/P's he/she's been assigned was found, in jail, at their friend's house, drunk in Las Vegas, or in a hospital.
    We can check the jails while we are talking to the RP, and our dump desk usually checks the hospitals before the deputy makes contact.

    Because of Cara Knott, we follow very strict guidelines when it comes to missing persons calls - no one is told they have to wait - ever!

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    Waiting 24 hours to report missing persons

    The so called 24 hour requirement is a myth. Certainly, police action will depend on the circumstances. In the case of an adult, it's not unlawful to be missing,but the depth of the investigation will depend on the circumstances. If foul play is suspected, the search/investigation begins immediately. The same is true of a small child. In the case of teenagers, it will again depend largely on the circumstances. Many teenagers are habitual runaways, and LE agencies aren't babysitters.

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    Thanks, Phil.

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    Same here in Indiana.. no time required to elapse. Matter of fact, thanks to accrediation, policy states you WILL take a report to any and every instance of a missing person (whether its a 'legit' or not). Love that paperwork!
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