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what to do when someone goes missing

You DO NOT have to wait 24 hours
before reporting a person missing

 Going missing is not a crime.

Every year approximately 9,000 Missing Persons reports are made to Gardaí – that’s an average of 24 reports per day.


When someone you care about is missing it is often hard to know what you should do or where to turn for support. The first step is to file a report with the Gardaí if you have concerns for the safety or welfare of your missing family member or friend.

It is important to remember that people go missing for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the person may be escaping from real or perceived family or personal conflict, they may be victims of foul play, whilst others may be asserting their independence or taking time out. Some simply forget to make contact.

Download the National Missing Persons Helpline Guide (pdf) with help and information on what to do when someone you care about goes missing.

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