Skip tracing / Finding missing persons FAQ

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What is skip tracing?

Skip tracing is the process of finding someone who has “skipped” town or gone missing. They may have gone into hiding or simply lost touch over the years.

Read about skip tracing on Wikipedia.

What types of missing person case do you investigate?

We investigate all matters relating to scammers, debtors who have gone into hiding, missing family members, and reuniting family and lost friends.

How do you locate a missing person?

Melbourne Investigations conducts in depth investigations when searching for missing people. We look at the past and present, and gather data through special information sources that are not available to the public.

How much does skip tracing cost?

As with all our private investigations, we charge a flat rate that is determined on a case by case basis. Costs depend on how much information the client already has, what investigation methods we will need to use, and the type of missing person case. Feel free to get in touch with us so we can assist in working out a price.

How long does skip tracing take?

We usually require 7 – 14 days to conduct a full skip tracing investigation and provide a report, but we also have a fast track option available.

What do I need to get started?

We need all the current information and concerns you have. This can be provided by email, phone or face to face meeting. Once we know what is involved in the case we will issue an invoice before starting your investigation. Contact us to get started.

What if you don’t find the missing person? Is there a refund?

We do not provide refunds in the event that no or limited information is found. Unfortunately it’s impossible to guarantee a particular outcome before the investigation happens. Please see our Service Agreement for more information.

What is your success rate for finding people?

We have a high success rate in finding missing people, however nobody can promise a definite result before the investigation has been carried out. We therefore advise clients that there is a 50% chance of a successful outcome, no matter who conducts the investigation.

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