Have An Old Address Of A Missing Person?
If you are searching for a missing person and have their old address, here is a FREE investigative trick, provided by the head of our OmniTrace research department–Chris Maione. This may allow you to identify and contact prior neighbors of your subjecct:
First, visit free web resource www.zillow.com.
- At the top of the Zillow homepage, there is field where you can input your missing person ‘s old address.
- After submitting your search, you will see a map of the neighborhood where your missing person once resided (you can view this map in street view, aerial view and hybrid view).
- The old address, that you submitted will appear, as well as tiny icons that represent homes surrounding the address you submitted.
- By clicking on the icons, you will obtain exact address information.
- Jot down the addresses surrounding your subject’s old address. In particular, you will want the addresses on the left, on the right and directly across the street from the old address of your subject.
Then, visit free web resource www.whitepages.com.
- On the upper center of the home page, click on the “Reverse Lookup” tab and then in the form under the title “Reverse Address,” input the addresses you obtained at zillow.com.
- You will obtain the names and phone numbers of people who may have information about your missing person.
The above search technique has an added benefit: You can see a picture of each home in the neighborhood. This allows you to approximately determine when the homes were built. (No sense calling someone who has resided at an address for a short time when your missing person resided their many years ago.)
Call and interview these possible, prior neighbors who resided near your missing person’s old address. They may be able to provide you the names of family members, church affiliations, employer information, the landlord of the property where the missing person resided, and much more.
If you are searching for your birth mother, the above investigative trick can also help you obtain information about her–as long as you know her old address at the time you were born or adopted.
Surprisingly, OmniTrace has many adoption related cases that includes the birth mother’s maiden name and an old address, and even when we begin a birth mother search without her name or old address, we may develop this information early on in our search. Here’s an example:
When we receive a search request from someone adopted in Oregon, we first help our client obtain his or her original birth certificate (Oregon has open records). The original certificate contains the birth mother’s maiden name (unless she was married at the time of birth) and the address where the birth mother was residing at the time of birth.
Once you have acquired a list of neighbors to interview, here a few things to remember:
- Confirm you are speaking with the correct persons listed in whitepages.com.
- Be friendly and courteous and somewhat imploring. You may want to represent yourself as a long lost friend or family member of the missing person.
- Make some small talk to loosen things up.
- Prepare the right questions. Ask if they know the missing person; do they know where the missing person moved; who lived with the subject, who employed the subject, who in the neighborhood knew the subject best, etc.
- If asked how you got their phone number, say the truth: you got their number from whitepages.com.
Recap: If you have an old address of your missing person, interviewing prior neighbors can be a great people search resource.
If you need additional search assistance, please leave a comment below, e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free at: 1-888-965-6696. And, please contact us if you have any questions about this post.