How to report a missing person

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When a person goes missing, it is essential to take steps to begin an investigation immediately.

The public can assist the police when reporting a missing person by following these important steps:

• Remember that there is no waiting period to report a person as missing.

• Report a missing person at your nearest police station immediately.

• Produce a recent photograph of the missing person if possible.

• Give a complete description of the missing person’s last whereabouts, clothes they were wearing, as well as any information that can assist the investigating officer.

• Complete and sign a SAPS 55(A) form. This form safeguards the SAPS from hoax reports and indemnifies the SAPS when distributing the photograph and information of the missing person.

• Obtain the investigating officer’s contact details and send through any additional information that might become available.

• If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, inform the investigating officer immediately. A SAPS 92 form must be completed to inform the Bureau of Missing Persons that the missing person’s report can be removed from the system.

Zululand Observer/Tamlyn Jolly