Can a Private Investigator Find Missing People?


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As professional and ethical private investigators, we frequently encounter the question, “Can a private investigator find someone?” In fact, it’s one of the most common questions we get asked. So, let’s delve into the matter: Can a private investigator really locate someone effectively?

The unequivocal answer is YES. Our private investigation services are geared towards finding almost anyone. However, the success rate and the time required to locate a person depend on various factors. Legal considerations and the availability of pertinent information play crucial roles in the process. Before engaging a private investigator to find someone, there are several key factors to bear in mind.

Firstly, the reason behind seeking the person’s whereabouts is essential. As private investigators, we are bound by laws, and ethical principles. We cannot just go “find someone”. We  thoroughly vet all of our locate requests accordingly ensuring we act responsibly and professionally 

It’s essential to differentiate between locating someone online and determining their physical address. If you require the person’s whereabouts for legal purposes or to serve legal documents, additional time and resources, possibly including surveillance services, may be necessary.

Budget is a crucial consideration. Finding someone can be a laborious and time-intensive process, which translates into costs. Providing limited information will likely increase expenses since it may require more extensive efforts from the private investigation team. While using consumer-based online databases on your own is an option, it is crucial to set realistic expectations when engaging a professional investigator, as their fees encompass not only their time but also their years of experience and specialized skills.

Patience is paramount in this undertaking. The less information available, the more challenging and time-consuming the search becomes. Imagine searching for someone with a common name like John Smith—it’s akin to finding a needle in a haystack, even for a seasoned investigator.

If you are ready to initiate the search for someone, we invite you to contact us at Haywood Hunt for a free consultation. Our private investigation services are designed to assist you in locating missing persons or individuals of interest, and we can help determine which service is best suited to your specific needs.

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