There is no such thing as a 24-hour waiting period when it comes to a missing person
A missing child should be reported immediately, especially if they are 16 years of age or under, mentally challenged, drug dependent or known to be with a dangerous person. Be vigilant and prompt in initiating contact with the police and pursue every possible action to move things along as quickly as possible.

If foul play is involved
If you suspect that your child is missing due to foul play, immediately call 911 and report the incident. The police will need as much information as possible, which will include descriptive details about the child, such as their age, race, hair color, eye color, height and any distinguishing body marks. Police will also want to know the last known whereabouts of the child. If you registered your child with Rapid Child Rescue, simply give your P.A.S.T. card number and password to law enforcement and they will be able to retrieve photographs and other information, vital to the recovery process. This information may also be used for a potential “Amber Alert” if your situation qualifies.

If your child or loved one is lost

» At Home: Conduct a quick search for your child. Be sure to check all potential hiding places such as closets and underneath beds. Check with all of your family members, neighbors and friends.

» At a Store: Contact store security and request an immediate search and intercom broadcast. Request that all exits be closed and monitored until your child is found.

» At a Park: Conduct a quick search, including restrooms and play areas. Mobilize as many people as possible to help with the search. Monitor all park exits.

Generally, the FBI will not get involved with a missin person case unless it is believed that the person has been moved from one state to another. However, the FBI and police are required by law to forward all local missing children reports to the National Crime Information Center.

Be helpful and cooperative with police
Provide police with as much information as possible. Carefully listen to their advice and follow their instructions.

Record all conversations
Situations involving lost children can cause great emotional stress and frustration. Therefore, it is a good idea to record all conversations with anyone regarding a child’s disappearance, either through writing or audio recording (with permission).

Contact Rapid Child Rescue
Rapid Child Rescue maintains a database, which provides instant access to photographs and profile information, for all individuals registered. Rapid Child Rescue, in cooperation with Kid-Safe Network, will help organize volunteers for search efforts, in many areas of the USA. Contact Rapid Child Rescue, via their emergency hotline: 800-960-7233. You may also visit our website at any time:

Contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is an excellent resource in situations dealing with children who are in danger and/or missing. After contacting police, contact them for additional assistance. Call the NCMEC at (800) 843-5678, or visit their website at: or