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What You Should Do When Your
Child Is First Missing


During The First 24 Hours

  1. Immediately report your child as missing to your local law enforcement agency.
  3. Request law enforcement put out a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for all police units.
  5. Limit access to your home until law enforcement arrives and has collected possible evidence. Do not touch or remove anything from your child's room.
  7. Ask for name and phone number of investigator assigned to your case.
  9. Give investigator all the facts and circumstances relating to your child's disappearance including what efforts have already been made to search for your child.
  11. Make a list of friends and phone numbers.
  13. Write a detailed description of the clothes the child was wearing.
  15. Find a recent photo.
  17. Ask the police to organize a search and include tracking dogs.
  19. Designate one person to answer your phone. Keep a notebook by the phone to jot down messages.
  21. Take care of yourself and your family, you have to be strong. Even force yourself to eat.

During The Second 24 Hours

  1. Follow up on all the things you did the first day.
  3. Report all extortion attempts to law enforcement.
  5. Have a 2nd telephone line installed with call forwarding and get caller ID and call waiting. Get a cell phone to keep near you.
  7. Make a list of what volunteers can do for you.

The best thing to do is tell your children not to go near strangers in cars and of course don't fall for the little dog or cat story. Prevention is so important.

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