Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Statistics show that one out of seven teenagers in the age range of 10 through 18 will have run away. The reasons for these adolescents running away vary from abuse, to drug use/need, parents not approving of their friends, feeling that their parents or their rules are too strict. Most runaway teens do it on impulse and dont make any plans. The best prevention is paying attention to the changes  the youth exhibits, show concern, ask questions, confront the trouble signs directly, talk to the youths friends parents, and  teachers, as they may have useful observations. If your teen has runaway make sure that you report them as missing with local law enforcement make sure that you give them a good description and not any significant marks such as tatoos, birth marks, scars etc.  This will put them in the National databases so that if they are picked up by law enforcement they will flag in the system and be taken into custody. Check previous cell phone records for any indication on who the teen has been communicating with, if the teen has access to a credit or debit card check the transaction records and see if there have been any new purchases. Check the computers at your residence  for any signs of social networking, blogs, or plans that the teen may have left behind. Contact parents of the friends of the missing teen as more than likely the missing teen will need friends as a temporary resource. Do not hesitate to contact the teens school and speak with teachers and other staff to see if there is anyone that your teen has been socializing with that you do not know about, ask to access their lockers to see if anything can be found. Another thing to take into consideration is the ex spouse or the teens other parents, depending on the dynamics of the relationship it is not unusual for the other parent to take illegal custody of the teen and run away. Make sure that you alert the community by putting up fliers with the teens pictures, placing adds in local papers with the teens pictures and information. Use social networking such as facebook, youtube, and other sites. 

We at Morrow Detective Agency hope that you or your loved ones are never faced with this situation, but if you are these tips can help you gather the information that will lead you to your loved one. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Morrow Detective Agency at (805) 823-3540 or visit our website www.morrowdetectiveagency.com

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