Please note: The resources included here are not endorsed by NAMI, and NAMI is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these resources.

Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CMEC)

CMEC will provide technical and case management assistance to help ensure all available search and recover methods are used. 

Phone Number: 800-843-5678 


Main Office: 333 John Carlyle Street Suite #125, Alexandria, VA 22314-5950

NAMI’s Finding a Missing Loved One


This powerful resource will help you, law enforcement, medical examiners and other members of the justice community enter data about the person who is missing. You should include details such as physical characteristics and where they were last seen. 

Phone Number: 855-626-7600 


Main Office: 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107 

National Runaway Safeline

The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. 

Phone Number: 800-786-2929 

Chat option available at 


Main Office: 3141B N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

WikHow’s How to Find a Missing Person Article

Missing Persons

“Preparation & Response Protocols for NAMI Families and Caregivers” by James Elliott.

The document by Elliott helps to empower NAMI families and caregivers by providing them with the specific knowledge required to properly deal with missing persons incidents.

This material was originally intended to be handed out to participants during live NAMI presentations in Los Angeles County, California. Therefore, some of the material is specific to this region, particularly the CA Penal Code laws related to missing persons and how CA law enforcement should handle such investigations.

This document also contains vital information about universally important topics such as how to build and maintain a missing person case file (to properly prepare for a missing person incident), and how to utilize a detailed missing persons action plan during a crisis.  This information can and should be utilized by anyone, anywhere, who may deal with missing persons incidents.

Because this material was designed to be paired with live presentations by an experienced missing persons investigator, it is not intended to be comprehensive or complete. It is simply a starting point for discussion, research and awareness. After reviewing the online document (found here), any specific questions may be directed to the author of the material.

James Elliott
Owner/Qualified Manager
Missing Persons Investigation Agency
CA Private Investigator License No. 27725
Phone: 626-807-9431


(a) The Department of Justice shall operate a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline 24 hours per day, seven days per week to receive information regarding missing children and dependent adults and relay this information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

1-800-222-FIND (1-800-222-3463)

[If you cannot get immediate cooperation from your local law enforcement agency, call the California Dept. of Justice hotline to report your mentally ill missing person directly.]

When A Mentally Ill Loved One Goes Missing