VOLUNTEER SEARCHES:

Some families decide to conduct a Volunteer Search for their missing loved one.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ORGANIZING A SEARCH:

  • Check with your Detective that there is not an active search being conducted at the location.

  • If the search is on private property, ask permission from the owner. Create a list of all volunteers prior to the search. It is ideal to ask for a current ID. Children under the age of 18 should not participate in the searches.

  • Discuss your plan with your volunteers. Plans will vary depending on the terrain and number of volunteers.

  • Remind everyone to not touch anything that may be evidence. Instead, turn on location finder on your phone and take a picture. Do not share this picture to social media. This should be shared with law enforcement.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF A GRID SEARCH:

  • On a map of the area you plan to search, separate it into grids.

  • Volunteers should be separated into groups to search the grids.

  • Go slowly and be aware of your surroundings.

  • Hand out fliers to people you may come across while you are searching.

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO BRING TO A SEARCH:

  • Mobile Phone

  • Walking Sticks

  • First Aid Kit

  • Shoes that cover your entire foot

  • Long pants and brightly colored long sleeve shirts or vests

  • Protective eye wear

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Whistles

  • Water / food / snacks

  • Fliers of the missing person