Missing people

A missing person is someone whose whereabouts is unknown.Missing People logo It may be out of character for them to be missing. They could have been a victim of crime or be at risk or pose a risk to others.


If you have contacted family and friends to check the person you’re worried about isn’t somewhere unexpected, you should report your concerns as soon as possible.

How can I report a missing person?

If you think the person is in immediate danger, always call 999.

Call us on 0800 40 50 40 to report a missing person.

You can also call your local police on 101, visit your nearest police station or speak to a police officer or police community support officer in person.

What will the police want to know?

  • Their name, age and address
  • A description of them, including what wearing when they were last seen
  • Where they go regularly, for example, work, school, social activities
  • When you last saw them or heard from them
  • Who their family and friends are
  • How they have been recently – if they have been upset or acting out of character
  • Whether they have access to money
  • Whether you have a recent photograph of them

The police will also want to search the person’s home to see if there are any clues that could help with the search for them.

They may also want to share information about the missing person with the media to ask the public to report any sightings of them.

When someone is found

The majority of people reported missing are found very quickly.

If the police find a person aged under 18, their parent(s) or guardian(s) will usually be told their whereabouts unless police believe the child’s safety is at risk.

If the person is aged over 18, the police won’t pass on their whereabouts without their permission.

Where else can I get help?

You should always report a missing person to police.

The Missing People charity can help to support you after you have made the report and offer aftercare services to support you once your loved one returns home.

They can also help you if you are missing or thinking of going missing.

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