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What to do when a person goes missing

What to do when a person goes missing

Dispatcher Files A young lady left her parents’ home without saying where she was going or when she would return. She had left her phone at home and had taken only her bag containing some clothing and personal effects. Upon realising that her daughter had left, the mother called the TrackBox ERPC to report her

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A young lady left her parents’ home without saying where she was going or when she would return. She had left her phone at home and had taken only her bag containing some clothing and personal effects.

Upon realising that her daughter had left, the mother called the TrackBox ERPC to report her as “missing”. An accurate description was provided and we opened a Missing Person’s case which was then broadcast to Facebook and other groups and media channels. 

The missing lady called the family later that evening using a private number and spoke briefly to her aunt saying that she was not happy with the situation at home and that she did not want to come back. Needless to say, the family was extremely worried about her safety and who she was with.

Fortunately, by the next day she contacted the family again and said she wanted to come home, which she did later that evening.

WHAT TO DO WHEN A PERSON GOES MISSING

  • If someone close to you is missing, you should report it to the police as soon as you know they are missing. You do not need to wait for 24 hours
  • Take with you a recent photograph of the missing person so that it can be scanned into the National Bureau for Missing Persons database. This database is a Crime Stop project and police all over the country use it. 
  • Give any information that might help to identify the person, such as their age, height, hair colour, eye colour, and any identifying marks such as scars or tattoos. You may be asked to fill in forms giving all this information.

A detective will be assigned to the case so make sure you have the name and contact details of the detective, as well as your case number and keep in contact with them.

If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, inform the investigating officer immediately. 

A SAPS 92 form must be completed to inform the Bureau of Missing Persons that the missing person’s report can be removed from the circulation system.

For further information, see:

https://www.gov.za/services/report-crime/how-report-missing-person

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