When a member of the college community is first reported as a Missing Person:

1. Identify and describe the missing person as completely as possible. First, determine:

  • Name
  • Address (campus and local)
  • DOB
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair color/length
  • Clothing
  • Distinctive physical attributes
  • Status on campus

     As soon as possible, determine:

  • SSN
  • College ID
  • Academic schedule
  • Work schedule
  • Places frequented
  • Vehicle ownership/usage
  • Obtain photograph

2. Contact persons who may have information, including:

  • Parents, family
  • Romantic interests
  • Friends/Acquaintances
  • Roommates/Suitemates
  • Classmates
  • Instructors
  • Co-workers/Supervisors
  • Residence Life staff
  • Student services staff

 3. Determine where the person was last seen.

  • The place where a person is last scene is usually used to determine where a missing person should be reported.

4. Determine circumstances around disappearance.

  • Is there a witness to a potential crime?
  • Has the missing person displayed concern about his/her safety?
  • Has the missing person been involved in a dispute with another person?
  • Is the missing person mentally healthy?
  • Is the missing person experiencing academic, personal or financial problems?
  • Does the missing person have an alcohol or drug dependency?
  • Has the missing person disappeared before?
  • Has the missing person left behind a communication to anyone?
  • Have others been reported missing in the area or under similar circumstances?

5. Search appropriate areas.

  • A quick but thorough search of the entire campus, focusing on areas frequented by the missing person, should be conducted.
  • Attempt to locate a vehicle on campus registered to or used by the missing person.
  • Prepare to assist a law enforcement agency conduct a more thorough search.
  • Do not contaminate any potential crime scene.
  • Do not contaminate any source of a scent for a K9 search.

6. Notify appropriate authorities.

  • Notify the appropriate campus officials.
  • Notify a parent, guardian or other person pre-designated by the missing person as the appropriate contact under these circumstances.  The notification should be made by an appropriate official from the institution involved and must be made no more than 24 hours from the time when a person is first known to be missing.
  • Notify the police department immediately when the disappearance and all of its circumstances create an articuable concern for the safety of the missing person.

7. Cooperate with a law enforcement investigation.

  • Make persons available as requested.
  • Make information available as requested.
  • Provide access to campus facilities as requested.
  • Provide access to CCTV, building access systems, email, social networking sites and computer networks as requested.

8. Depending on the circumstances of the disappearance and the results of the investigation, prepare:

  • Media statements and responses
  • Hospitality services for victim’s family
  • Counseling services for affected persons

9. When a person reported missing returns to campus or is otherwise located:

  • Verify the health and welfare of the person.
  • Notify appropriate campus officials.
  • Notify investigating law enforcement agencies.
  • Notify the parent, guardian or other person pre-designated who was notified of the disappearance.