As an international private investigation firm, we often receive requests from clients to conduct a locate investigation to find an ex-girlfriend, boyfriend, ex-spouse or relative who they allegedly lost contact with.  We are in the business of finding people for those who are reaching out to find that special someone. However, we make sure their intentions are legitimate, and they are not using us to find someone they want to cause harm to. It is a tremendous responsibility to reveal a person’s location without first making sure they want to be found.


We have a professional and moral obligation as licensed private investigators to make certain that anyone asking us to locate someone has a valid reason or evidence to substantiate their purpose in wanting to find that person. Aside from legal issues such as locating a witness for an attorney, it is our policy to be upfront with anyone wanting to locate someone from their past that we upon finding that person, will ask their permission to release their contact information. If the subject of the locate assignment grants us authorization to release their contact information fine. Conversely, if the subject does not under any circumstance want us to release their location we will not. There are several ways in which to confirm whether a person has a legitimate reason to find someone. Some folks can provide evidence that they are either a relative or they can give us a notarized court document that clearly states a legal reason for them to find that person.


Often, individuals who are owed money call us to locate a debtor and claim they have a court judgment. That caller must provide us with proof of their court judgment, or we will refuse to conduct their investigation. For requests other than a court judgment or any other legal and binding reason we exercise extreme caution by advising the client in advance that if the subject they asked us to find does not want their contact information released, we will not release their information.


It is scary how many times we receive requests from so-called prospective clients that have no court documentation or legitimate reason to locate someone other than a wrong idea. Those people refuse to accept our terms. You need not wonder why as it’s quite evident. In almost all instances, that prospective client had an ulterior motive for wanting to locate someone that very well may lead to a criminal act as occurred in the past with Amy Boyer in 1989  murdered by an obsessed stalker who shot himself after firing fifteen hollow point bullets into Amy’s head. Or the man who obsessed over actress Rebecca Shaeffer and killed her as she answered her front door in West Hollywood, California. That killer is in prison for life. Both of those murderers obtained their contact information from online public databases. Today, most online public databases are outdated or inaccurate.