Checklist for the Second 24 Hours Your Child is Missing

Talk with your law enforcement investigator about the steps that are being taken to find your child. If your law enforcement investigator does not have a copy of Missing and Abducted Children: A Law Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management, suggest that he or she call NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678) to obtain one. Also, your law enforcement investigator can contact the Crimes Against Children Coordinator in the local FBI Field Office to obtain a copy of the FBI's Child Abduction Response Plan.

Expand your list of friends, acquaintances, extended family members, yard workers, delivery persons, and anyone who may have seen your child during or following the abduction.

Look at personal calendars, community events calendars, and newspapers to see if there are any clues as to who was in the vicinity and might be the abductor or a possible witness. Give this information to law enforcement.

Expect that you will be asked to take a polygraph test, which is standard procedure. 

Ask your law enforcement agency to request that NCMEC issue a broadcast fax to law enforcement agencies around the country. You can find more information  in the section on Photo and Flier Distribution .

Work with your law enforcement agency to schedule press releases and media events. If necessary, ask someone close to you to serve as your media spokesperson. Find tips in sections on Working with the Media and the Checklist for Conducting Media Interviews .

Talk to your law enforcement agency about the use of a reward. For inforamtion about offering Rewards and Donations click here .

Report all extortion attempts to law enforcement.

Have a second telephone line installed with call forwarding. Get caller ID and call waiting. Ask law enforcement to install a trap-and-trace feature on your phone. Get a cellular phone or pager so you can be reached when you are away from home.

Take care of yourself. Don't be afraid to ask others to take care of your physical and emotional needs and those of your family. The section on Personal and Family Considerations has suggestions for coping with the challenges of the situation.

Make a list of things that volunteers can do for you and your family. See Working with Volunteers for some ideas.

Call your child's doctor and dentist and ask for copies of medical records and x rays. Give them to law enforcement.

Source:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Report:  When Your Child is Missing