Be prepared when unthinkable occurs

Cole Carruthers
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A missing person is one of the worst things to happen to a family. There is constant faulty information on what a person should do surrounding a possible case. Television cop dramas are notorious for using the line, “you cannot file a missing person report until 24 hours has elapsed.” The Times-Herald spoke to RCMP Corporal Rob King of Media relations in Regina, who says, “you can file immediately.”

One of the RCMP website’s lists four important questions a person must ask themselves when facing a possible disappearance:

Is the disappearance a result of a possible kidnaping/abduction or other criminal offence situation?

Is the missing person a young child who is normally supervised/monitored but cannot be accounted for?

Is the missing person someone who requires constant care (e.g Alzheimer, diminished mental ability)?

Is there reason to believe the missing person is going to attempt suicide?

If you answered no to the above questions here is a list of some of the checks that should be conducted prior to contacting the police:

If the missing person is a child or someone of diminished mental ability make sure you conduct a full search of their residence and surrounding property while waiting for the police to arrive. Attempt to contact the missing person on their cell phone or other contact numbers. Check their place of employment or school to see if they have been delayed. Contact all local hospitals to ensure the missing person has not been admitted as a result of an accident or injury.

For more on this story, see a future edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: The Times-Herald, RCMP

Geographic location: Regina

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