How to find a missing person with mental illness
The document by Elliott helps to empower NAMI families and caregivers by providing them with the specific knowledge required to properly deal with missing persons incidents. Therefore, some of the material is specific to this region, particularly the CA Penal Code laws related to missing persons and how CA law enforcement should handle such investigations. This document also contains vital information about universally important topics such as how to build and maintain a missing person case file to properly prepare for a missing person incident , and how to utilize a detailed missing persons action plan during a crisis. This information can and should be utilized by anyone, anywhere, who may deal with missing persons incidents.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: A Different Kind of Force—Policing Mental Illness - NBC Left Field
SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Search for missing teens in poor mental healthContent:
- When A Mentally Ill Loved One Goes Missing
- When Missing Turns to Murder
- Reporting a missing person and the process to find them
- Data Protection Choices
- Find Help, Find Hope!
- The Complexities of Missing Adults with Mental Illness
- What to do when a person is missing
- Coping when someone goes missing
- Finding a Missing Person
- Mental Illness: Why Missing Persons Go Missing
When A Mentally Ill Loved One Goes Missing
Why would anyone in their right mind choose to put their family, friends, and loved ones through the agony of such an experience? The answer is because in the broad majority of cases, the missing person is not in their right mind. They are suffering some sort of mental breakdown, undiagnosed mental illness, or they have gone off a psychiatric medication.
I am not a psychologist or biologist, but I have a basic understanding of the human brain. Despite what they show in movies, a single good punch to the head is often enough to cause permanent brain damage. Illegal recreational drugs alter brain chemistry in various ways, some worse than others.
Sometimes the effects of drugs are benign, but sometimes they push people to the limit — and out of the realm of sanity. A man missing medication in Mexico A few years back, I posted a video about a missing persons case we had, where a year-old male went off his medication, and decided to fly to Mexico.
Remember, these things often make zero sense:. The family found us because we are one of the only private investigative firms based in the USA that does private investigation in Mexico. They did the right thing and called us relatively quickly after they found out their son was missing. We were able to get our investigator down to Mexico City, and after working with local authorities, we were able to get the man back to a hospital, get him back on his meds, and fly him home.
In most of these cases, the missing people are usually well-liked, seemingly normal, well-adjusted, and successful career-minded individuals.
It simply makes no sense that they would, in their right minds, choose to disappear willingly. So the possibility of some sort of mental break down, or foul play, is always there. As most who read this blog know, I follow the headlines about cases outside of our investigative agency on a daily basis. I was recently fascinated by one such missing persons case where a year old man vanished during a Chargers and Broncos game in Denver.
His family had no idea where he could have gone or why he would have left the stadium. According to what Mr. Kitterman told his friend Tia Bakke, he was extremely excited to be seeing his first in-person Denver Broncos game, and he was very happy to be sharing that experience with his adult stepson. Kitterman got up from his seat to go and meet some friends who were coming to the game. However, Kitterman never returned.
The group searched the grounds until 1AM, hoping they would find the missing man. They had no luck though, and then they had to head back to Kremmling. The police in Denver filed a missing persons report and helped the family with the investigation. They said that they did not feel as though there was a crime involved in the case, since they had no evidence that pointed toward any suspicious or violent activity.
After several days of searching, Kitterman was found… in Pueblo, a city nearly miles away from Denver. Police took him in for a medical exam. The doctors said that, aside from being tired and having trouble walking, he was fine. I can follow a trail of credit card transactions, but when the person throws his wallet down the storm drain for no logical reason, cases get a little harder.
When Missing Turns to Murder
The countdown to finding a missing person begins the moment someone concerned for his or her well-being alerts law enforcement. Investigators are essentially working against the clock, as with each passing hour decreases the likelihood that the subject will be found, according to criminology experts interviewed by ABC News. One of law enforcement's first steps in investigating a missing person case is trying to prevent the loss of evidence, Dr. The first 48 hours are also critical because that's when investigators have the best chance of following up on leads, before people's memories start to fade, Dr. And it isn't just the person's family who investigators are looking to speak to.
The National Missing Persons Database is a powerful resource that will enable not only family members of the missing person, but law enforcement, medical examiners, and other members of the justice community to enter data regarding missing persons. Although it is currently in its infancy, the system currently provides links and contact information to authorities on both and state and local level for all 50 states. If you have a missing loved one with serious mental illness, the following steps and information may be helpful:. Step 1.
Reporting a missing person and the process to find them
Call If a friend or loved one goes missing it can be very distressing. We are here to find the person and ensure their safety and wellbeing. If you cannot get in touch with someone and are concerned for their welfare it is important that you contact us as soon as you can to report the person missing. In order for us to start looking for the person we will need to know some important information , including:. In addition to this the call taker will also ask you a number of questions which help us assess the level of risk , these include:. Police will commence a missing person search and will attend with you to record further details whilst the search is in progress. You may be asked for a recent picture of the missing person to help us locate them. A search for a missing person, especially a high risk missing person, uses police officers from all over Northern Ireland. We will keep you updated with our progress.
Data Protection Choices
When we think of missing persons, we often think of victims who have likely befallen violence at the hands of another. Either they have been killed and their remains concealed, or they were abducted and are being held against their will somewhere. While there are many circumstances under which a person can go missing, those who go missing with mental illness can be some of the most difficult to find. The intricate layered mesh of mental health issues combined with the complexities of a missing persons investigation make for a maddening puzzle that plagues both the heart and the mind.
People who are mentally ill cannot always communicate their thoughts clearly or understand what others are saying to them. In confusion, some will retreat. Others have grandiose ideas and cannot make sound judgments. Sometimes they leave home or other secure surroundings, and they become homeless or missing.
Find Help, Find Hope!
Report the missing person immediately One important thing to always remember is to report the missing person immediately. The sooner you report them missing, the better chance you have of finding them and finding them alive. According to FindLaw, police need as complete a description as possible to locate a missing person. Investigators may even need more information including but not limited to their birthdate or their social security number.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: What It's Like to Have a Mental Illness
Why would anyone in their right mind choose to put their family, friends, and loved ones through the agony of such an experience? The answer is because in the broad majority of cases, the missing person is not in their right mind. They are suffering some sort of mental breakdown, undiagnosed mental illness, or they have gone off a psychiatric medication. I am not a psychologist or biologist, but I have a basic understanding of the human brain. Despite what they show in movies, a single good punch to the head is often enough to cause permanent brain damage. Illegal recreational drugs alter brain chemistry in various ways, some worse than others.
The Complexities of Missing Adults with Mental Illness
People who are mentally ill cannot always communicate their thoughts clearly or understand what others are saying to them. In confusion, some will retreat. Others have grandiose ideas and cannot make sound judgments. Sometimes they leave home or other secure surroundings, and they become homeless or missing. They can be gone for days, weeks, months, or years. Often they leave behind distraught families who are desperate to return their loved ones home or to a safe place.
If the person you care about is in crisis, please encourage them to seek help immediately. Direct them to call TALK to reach a hour crisis center, text MHA to , call , or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call these numbers if you fear for someone's safety or life.
What to do when a person is missing
Around 35, people go missing in Australia each year. When someone close to you with a mental illness goes missing, it understandably affects how you feel, think and cope with your worry about their safety and where they are. Has someone close to you died by suicide? Is someone close to you bereaved by suicide?
Coping when someone goes missing
Quad Cities Missing Persons Network. All rights reserved. Although no one wants to think about the possibility of having a loved one go missing, if the worst does happen, being prepared can drastically improve the chances of finding the missing person quickly. For parents, especially, having a toolkit is essential for peace of mind.
Finding a Missing Person
Mental Illness: Why Missing Persons Go Missing