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Report or find a missing person
If someone goes missing, contact anyone you think may know their whereabouts – if you are still concerned, contact your local police.Find your local police force
You don’t have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police.The police may ask you:
- for their photo
- details of their friends or relatives
- details of places the person often visits
- whether they had a medical condition
- for a sample of their DNA – eg from a toothbrush
The person will be recorded as missing and their details made available to other UK police forces within 48 hours.
Knowing when someone is foundIf the police find a person aged under 18, their parent(s) or guardian must be told their whereabouts.
If the person is aged over 18, they may not want to get in contact. The police won’t pass on their whereabouts without their permission - but the police will let relatives know they’re safe.
Organisations that help find missing peopleYou can contact:
Missing Kids UK
Look For Them
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
People missing abroadIf someone goes missing abroad you should contact:
- your local police - they will contact the police force in the relevant country (through Interpol)
- the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500 (ask for ‘Consular Protection’)
Report a sighting of a missing personIf you spot a missing person contact the police.
If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Missing People to report the sighting.
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