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How to find a missing person


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Knowing how to find a missing friend will help you reanimate an old relationship. Whether you want to catch up on time lost, create new memories or take advantage of networking and organizational networks that help organize meetings, you can easily find missing people by following a few simple steps. If you are looking for a way to find someone who is lost or missing, then here you are.

1. How do I know if an accident has occurred with a person?

You can find out if an accident occurred with a missing person by calling the accident registration office of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow by phone: +7 (495) 688-22-52.

Duty units of internal affairs departments, morgues, and hospitals daily send information to the bureau about unidentified bodies, detainees, and people brought to the hospital. In addition to surnames, names and patronymics (name), the bureau has data on signs (height, weight, hair color, age, clothing, etc.). This will help if the missing person did not have documents with him.

2. How else to find out if a person was hospitalized?

You can find out if a missing person is in the hospital in the following ways:

  • by phone hotline about hospitalization of patients: +7 (495) 620-41-40,
  • using the “Find Me” service, which publishes information from Moscow hospitals about people whose identities have not been established.

3. How to use the Find Me service?

Step 1. Go to and read the search instructions.

Step 2 Perform a search. You can set search parameters: name, omens, date and place of loss, items of clothing of the missing person and more. The service also allows you to see a photo of a person who is suitable for the description, but for this you need to confirm your identity in one of three ways:

  • personally in the service of one window of the N.V. Sklifosovsky Research Institute of Emergency Medicine,
  • by writing a statement at the My Documents Center,
  • using the "Services" section on (the correct link will be offered on the "Find Me" portal).

If the missing person was found on the portal "Find Me", contact the medical organization in a convenient way for you:

  • directly to the hospital where the person is found. The contacts of the medical institution are in the database of the Find Me portal,
  • to the service of one window of the N.V. Sklifosovsky at the address: Moscow, Bolshaya Sukharevskaya Square, 3, building 21 (reception), phone: +7 (495) 680-07-06.

After presenting an identity document, they will tell you how to proceed.

4. When to contact the police?

Contact any police department immediately. It is better to contact the department at the place of residence of the missing person or at the place of his disappearance. Do not wait 3 days after the loss, such a regulation is a myth that has no legal basis.

Police Missing Statement must accept regardless of the age and place of disappearance of a person, the presence or absence of information about his place of residence or stay, full personal data and photographs.

Anyone, not necessarily a relative, can file a loss application. After registering the application, you must be issued a confirmation coupon notice.

The operational duty officer of the territorial authority of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in turn, must find out the circumstances of the loss and immediately send the investigative-operational group to the scene of the incident.

If there are circumstances that indicate the commission of a crime in the event of a person’s loss, a criminal case will be brought in by the investigator. If there are no such circumstances, the employee of the operational unit initiates a search case.

5. Is it possible to find a person on a cell phone?

Yes, you can find a person by a signal from his mobile phone, but only special services can do this and only by court order, since the data on the location of the subscriber of the cellular network and the details of his calls are confidential information.

The court resolves this issue after the petition of the investigator during the initiation of a criminal case within 24 hours.

6. Can I contact the volunteers?

You can contact the volunteers. The police often cooperate with them, although their interaction is not regulated in any way by law.

The most famous volunteer search service is Lisa Alert. You can contact them by phone:

  • 24-hour hotline in Moscow: +7 (495) 646-86-39,
  • free hotline for any region of Russia: +7 (800) 700-54-52.

Reach the missing person

The search for missing people is a task that is increasingly interested in the population. But in Russia there are some rules in this regard. Not always people disappear. Sometimes they themselves leave for a while, and then return home. Especially similar behavior is typical for adolescents.

Where to call if a person is missing? The first step is to try to contact the person you want to find yourself. It is likely that the fugitive will be back soon. I can’t get through?

Waiting Before Searching

Then do not rush to contact one or another body. The thing is that, as has already been said, often people just leave home for no reason, and then return. Therefore, up to a certain point, no matter where the citizen requests to start the search, no result will be.

How much to wait? The search for missing people will only begin if the person is absent for 3 days. And as many do not get in touch. From this moment you can think about where to call. If a citizen appeared at home within three days after leaving, then you do not need to go anywhere.

But if the specified period has expired, then decisive action can be taken. Missing person? Where to go? The most common option is just one body - the police. This is where citizens should call (or rather come in person) in the event that someone disappears.

What do you have to do? The applicant will be required to submit a written statement of loss. It is enough to attach an identity card to it. The document will be asked to detail what preceded the event.

After filing an application with the police, they usually conduct a personal interview with the applicant. During it, events are described in which one or another citizen disappeared. The applicant may also make assumptions regarding the whereabouts of the missing person. All that remains is to wait. The police will organize an investigation that will search for the fugitive.

Missing person? Where to turn in this or that case? Often, when a person is lost, bad thoughts from the category of "do you know what happened." And so it is not always possible to wait for the laid 3 days.

How to find a missing person? The advice that users often give each other is to appeal to volunteers. A variety of volunteer movements are available in each locality. They very often help to find the missing citizens even before they formally contact the police.

Search squad

Where to call if a person is missing? In large cities, as a rule, special search units are organized. Do not confuse them with volunteers. This is a slightly different movement. It specializes only in the search for missing citizens. Quite often cooperates with the police.

Missing person in Moscow? If you wait 3 days there is no strength, then you can contact the search squad "Lisa Alert". Here, the applicant will be surely assisted in the search. And when the time comes, it will be necessary to go to the police of the area where the person lives. But that's not all. There are several alternative solutions to the problem.

Relatively often, allegations of loss are found in relation to lovers of quiet hunting. What to do if a person disappeared in the forest? Several alternatives are suggested here. Which ones?

If a citizen is lost in the forest, you can:

  1. Waiting for his return. It is likely that the person just got lost. And after some time he will be able to return home.
  2. Contact forestry where the citizen was located. A search for the lost will be organized.
  3. Go to volunteers or turn to special search units.
  4. Wait a few days, and then come to the police with an official statement.

What exactly do? Everyone decides for himself. In fact, it is the visit to the volunteers that helps the best.

Where to call if a person is missing? The next option that can only be advised is a direct appeal to detective agencies. Very often people come here if the police do not take any actions in connection with the early filing of an application.

For a fee, detective agencies organize a search group to start an investigation. If you are lucky, then the result will not be long in coming. The only drawback here is that you have to pay. Detective services are not such a cheap opportunity. Therefore, it is not too often seen as an alternative to contacting the police.

Hospitals and Morgues

Where to call if a person is missing? Many begin to ring up nearby hospitals and morgues. Advice is not the best, but you can use it for personal reassurance.

By the way, sometimes it is really possible to find the missing in these places. As practice shows, often in hospitals people are found for signs similar to the description of the fugitives. In morgues they are found much less frequently.

So, if a citizen has disappeared and has not been in contact for a long time, then you can call:

  • morgues of the city and region,
  • hospitals and clinics
  • emergency rooms.

But at the same time, everyone should be prepared for the fact that such a search will not yield any result. And you still have to wait 3 days, and then contact the police in the prescribed manner.

Secret to the whole world

How to find a missing person? The next tip is to organize your own searches. For example, with the help of relatives and friends. We'll have to take a photo of the missing person and collect people who are ready to act as detectives.

Where to call if a person is missing? You can contact yourself at:

  • newspapers
  • social networks,
  • news feeds and sites.

It is also recommended to put up flyers on the disappearance of a person, which will indicate the number for communication with the "detectives." In general, by all possible means to disseminate information that the citizen was missing. And independently seek it within the city and region. It is recommended that you immediately call all the relatives and friends of the missing person to exclude the person from staying with them.

Actually, searching is not such a simple process. If a person is missing, where to go? Everyone decides for himself. In any case, after three days, you must go to the police and report the loss. This is a required item. Otherwise, officially no one will search.