The alleged abduction in 2006 of Trenton Duckett in Leesburg, Fl. and the disappearance of Elian Majano from Irving, Tx. had a few people asking whether the parents should use Private Investigators or Detectives to help find them.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” offers some advice.
If the immediate search is not successful, you may be tempted to try almost anything. Some parents turn to private detectives to aid in the search. Consider hiring a private detective or investigator only if you are convinced that he or she can do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement. Be certain that you are not simply wasting money that could be spent more productively in another way. If you decide to use a private detective, the following tips can help:
- Always ask for and check references to find out if the investigator is legitimate.
- Be wary of people who say they can bring your child back immediately for a specific sum of money. If you run into this situation, report it to law enforcement.
- Make sure you are paying a reasonable rate. Insist that the investigator itemize expenses.
- Make sure the detective has experience working with law enforcement. Law enforcement must be notified immediately of any leads you receive from a private investigator.
Inform your assigned law enforcement investigator about your decision to hire a private investigator. In most instances, this individual will need to talk to law enforcement before becoming involved in the case.
At the Project Jason-Voice for the Missing site the topic was discussed earlier in April in a special guest post.
What you should know if you are seriously considering hiring a private investigator.
You have made the decision to hire a private investigator. What do you need to know?
In the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, allegedly after disatisfaction with Portuguese Police, her parents too turned to others.
The couple have sought help from Control Risks Group, a detective-style agency which employs ex-SAS members and former military personnel.
The McCann’s later hired Metodo 3 to aid in their search efforts. The contract was not renewed after costing £50,000 a month. Eventually Oakley International was hired but their services were not renewed as they too were unable to find her according to Telegraph.co.uk. To date, Madeleine McCann has not been found but there have been numerous alleged sightings since her disappearance on May 3, 2006.
US-based firm Oakley International was taken on by the Find Madeleine Fund earlier this year on a £500,000 six-month contract.The company was chosen by double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, who has promised to back the McCanns financially to help solve the mystery of the disappearance of their daughter.Oakley was hired to monitor a telephone hotline, carry out detective work and review CCTV footage from around the world of possible sightings of the missing girl.
But Mr Kennedy became concerned by the level of Oakley’s £43,500 ($74,155) expenses claim in the first month of the contract.
The company’s contract was terminated at the end of August after Mr Kennedy had become concerned at its lack of results.
As in the disappearances of missing Madeleine McCann, there is a private investigation firm tracking allegeded sightings that authorities are unable or unwilling to follow up on in the case if Caylee Anthony. In this case it is D&A Investigations, Inc whose website suggests Access to Knowledge is a Right ©. Ironically, so is remaining silent when speaking with authorities. Their rates have not been disclosed nor who is paying for their services.
D&A is a full service, professional investigative and litigation support firm located in Orlando, Florida. We provide services to law firms, corporations, individuals and insurance companies and are committed to providing the most discreet, and professional services available, including but not limited to:
• Background Investigations
• Construction Audits
• Litigation Support
• Counter Measures (TSCM)
• Witness Interviews
Finding missing children wasn’t previosly listed as one of their areas of expertise but their is a tab on the site for Caylee Marie Anthony displaying her missing poster.