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The steps you need to take to find a missing person

The steps you need to take to find a missing person
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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 want to show you this resource to help you find and locate a missing person.

WikiHow gives you step-by-step instructions for what to do when someone you love goes missing. It's important you act fast, contact authorities and let people know about the situation. But with all that worry, you can easily get flustered and not know where to start. That's where WikiHow can help.

This site has a numbered, step-by-step guide on exactly what to do, from contacting the right authorities and what information to give to authorities, how to conduct a search and getting social networks involved, and other helpful tips such as checking the local hospital or county jail. It can also direct you to resources to find a private investigator.

There's also a helpful Q&A section with more personalized answers for certain situations.

If you or someone you love is dealing with a missing persons case, be sure to check out our full list of resources to help find missing persons.

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