Get Help Finding A Missing Hiker
When a hiker you love goes missing you are thrown into a stressful, overwhelming situation and there is much to do all at once. But there are people and organizations who can help. Even if we can not work your case in person, we provide counsel free of charge over the phone or thru email and can help you vet any search resource you are considering. (Unfortunately there are a few out there you should avoid.) Here are links to online advice, organizations, and search groups we recommend.
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
Click the button above for a step by step actions list you need to take if you have a missing person.
Missing Persons Guides
Western States Aerial Search: Based in Utah for drone searches in the West.
For DNA and other forensic advice/counsel: Dr. Monti Miller, Forensic DNA Experts
Dealing with Grief and Loss: David Kessler’s website
Tips from a mother: Sally Fowler’s Advice to hikers