Missing person's report

United States
February 22, 2007 7:44pm CST
I was just wondering how long you have to wait before doing a missing person's report. I heard that it was twenty four hours after the person has been missing. What about children? Is there a diffrent time frame for them?
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@CherylPH (32)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I know for adults, they police wait 24 hours before fileing a report, but you can still notify them that you are concerned. If you are really concerned about this, you can call your local sheriff's office, not 911, and ask them what their proceedures are for missing adults, teens and children.
• United States
23 Feb 07
I haven't had problems with a missing person or anything, I was just wondering after watching a rerun of Missing. I think I may watch too many crime and detective shows. Damn that t.v.!!!
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 07
I am not to sure But I think it is the same for Children and I think it is depending on the Age of the Child. I think for really small Children there is no timelimit but when it is a Child from the Age of 10-16 there is the 24 Hour Waiting Time which I think is wrong in this Day and age.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I was thinking the same thing about children under a certain age. I would hope so anyways.
@palpalsky (900)
• United States
14 Mar 07
well i also heard about 24 hr before you do missing person report
• United States
14 Mar 07
yah, I think that the majority of the people here think the same thing. Thanks for commenting.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I believe technically you can do a missing persons report when you decide to, but the police might not start worrying until after 24 hours. For a small child that has gone missing im sure instantly would be a good time to report it
• United States
13 Mar 07
I know that in foster homes, you have to wait three hours before contacting the worker and the police. I think that they do this because there are a lot of kids who go out with their friends without telling anyone.
• United States
24 Feb 07
i definately know that it is 24 hours for adult but I'm not sure about children.i assume it would be the same but then again you never know.