Get Help Finding A Missing Hiker
List of First Steps: What To Do First
Contact law enforcement and complete a missing person report (you do not have to wait 24 hours)
Provide appropriate recent photos, which may be used across media.
Provide a list and/or photos of clothing, shoes and gear.
Create a written timeline of last known events and movements of missing person.
Ask LE to organize a search immediately.
Recruit volunteers or search and rescue organizations (such as Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation)
Ask LE to enter case into NCIC and Namus. If missing person is under age 21, contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Create a missing person flyer here
Contact family and friends for assistance.
Keep a written record of all contacts, actions, discussions and correspondence.
Contact media and create social media pages.
Contact Fowler-O’Sullivan if assistance is needed:
(877) 467-3363 (Hope FOF)
30141 Antelope Rd., Suite D664
Menifee, Ca 92584
The Missing Persons Advocacy Network in Australia has assembled an in-depth, well-organized guide with lots of helpful information.
A hiker/blogger authored a step-by-step guide to help families of the missing. “If I became a missing person…” offers step-by-step actions for families to take.
Western States Aerial Search (WSAS) is a team of volunteer drone pilots dedicated to searching for missing persons in the Western United States. There is never a fee for using WSAS.
In recovery and cold case missions, DNA evidence can play a critical part. Dr. Monte Miller and his company, Forensic DNA Experts, provide an array of DNA analysis and consulting services.