How to properly report a missing person
Social media is a big help, but here’s how you can file a report to the authorities
Sep 28, 2017
UPDATED (as of Sept. 29):
According to friends and relatives, Gab has returned home safely and has expressed his gratitude to those who supported and spread the word.
News are circulating on social media about young men who’ve gone missing while they’re in transit. The most recent news to come to surface went viral on Twitter last Sept. 26. Inia Celine tweeted saying that her boyfriend, Gab, didn’t make it to his apartment in Batangas from Buendia.
His last text was at 9:53PM saying he was at the terminal in Buendia going home to Batangas. He didn’t go to school according to his – pic.twitter.com/87m015ozsr
— Inia Celine (@iniaceline) September 26, 2017
She went on to say that he also didn’t go to school the next day, according to his classmates. As of writing, the tweet has garnered over 18,000 retweets, along with tagging different news networks in the process.
There have been similar missing person cases earlier this year: one was University of the Philippines-Los Baños graduate Michael Kenneth Cruz whose family lost contact with him on Mar. 16. He was found a week later, safe, in Bulacan. Another one was University of the Philippines graduate Alexandre Cruz Gerona. He went missing on Sept. 20 but was said to have returned home three days later.
If a relative or a friend goes missing, it’s important to stay calm. According to the Philippine National Police Regional Office’s website, you don’t have to wait for 24 hours anymore to report a missing person. If you start to fear for the missing person’s personal safety and welfare, best to contact the nearest local police.
Provide the following information when filing a report:
- The missing person’s full name and date of birth;
- Details of where and when the missing person was last seen or heard from;
- a full physical description of the missing person, including the clothing worn when they were last seen and any distinguishing features;
- a recent photograph of the missing person;
- names and contact details of friends and associates;
- any places the missing person may visit;
- details of any bank accounts and credit cards the missing person may be using;
- The missing person’s telephone number, cell phone number, and email addresses, including social networking sites they access, such as Facebook, Twitter, and the like;
- any known travel plans or destinations;
- details of any people in the company of the missing person;
- and any other information which may help locate the missing person.
After filing a report, the case will be assigned to an officer who will work with you and inform you of any progress being made to locate the missing person.
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