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How to find a missing person - young or old

How to find a missing person - young or old
photo courtesy of WikiHow

On any given day in the United States, nearly 90,000 people are classified as "missing persons." From the elderly with Alzheimer's who wander off, to abducted children, or children with severe cases of autism, it's something you hope never happens to you or anyone that you love.

Unfortunately, things like this happen, and you'll want to be prepared, just in case. That's why we've come up with a list of resources to help you find and locate a missing person.

First off, WikiHow gives you step-by-step instructions for what to do when someone you love goes missing. It shows you how to file a missing person's report, what information you should give to police, what places check and see if they turned up (hospitals and jails), how to check social media for clues, and tips for getting a search party together.

Within WikiHow, you'll be directed to other, very helpful resources. The main places you'll want to check for missing persons is the NamUs Missing Persons database. This tool allows law enforcement, concerned family member and friends, and others to search through records from all across the country. You can add details to a missing person's report, such as photographs, contacts, dental records and more. It also has resources to create missing person posters and flyers you can hang up around town.

Here's another source you've probably already heard of - The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This is the organization that issues the Amber Alerts you get on your phone. Go to this site to see posters of missing children and see if you can help. Find out what to do if your child goes missing, learn what you can do in the event of a family abduction, or read some success stories to boost your spirits.

Meanwhile, ALZ.org from the Alzheimer's Association provides the same type of information as The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, except for older adults with Alzheimer's and dementia.

In fact, Kim gets calls all the time about how to keep an eye on an aging parent. Watch the video below as Kim walks a concerned caller through choosing and setting up a camera for remote monitoring.

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