Missing persons resources

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Time can be critical in missing persons cases. Waiting allows clues to disappear and people who may have information to become unavailable.

There is no centralized phone number to call for friends and family of people who’ve gone missing. Below is an open and growing list of websites to check and of public and private agencies to contact.

I’m are always looking to expand this list. Additions can be submitted to through comments or directly to contact@missingfrommexico.com.

NOTA BENE: Listings are not endorsements and Missing from Mexico is not responsible for the content of external sources.

Embassies & Consulates

• Mexican Consulate’s call center : 1-877-632-6678 (1-877-63-CONSUL) – This 24-hour call center run by the Consulado de México en Tucson. (for a full listing of Mexican consulate locations and contact information, click here)

El Salvadoran consulates – listing of El Savaldor consulate loactions and contact information

Consulate General of Guatemala: listing of Guatemalan consulate locations and contact information

Embajada de Honduras – listing of Honduran consulate locations and contact information

Mexico

Comisión Nacional De los Derechos Humanos / National Human Rights Commission – a governmental agency based in the capital that’s designed to look into human-rights violations with a resource and complaint page here.

base de datos de personas extraviados / database of missing persons

Grupo Beta Nogales – 631 312 61 80

United States: National

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement: There is no centralized center for checking on apprehensions, but this website has individual contact information for detention facilities listed by state and name.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) – NAMUS is a national United States database in two parts. One section has missing persons reports and resources for people who would like to file reports or are working on search efforts. The other section has decedent records maintained by coroners and medical examiners.

Arizona

Maricopa Office of the Medical Examiner – This site maintained by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner has resources listed by state. (Maricopa County has its own website here)

Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner – 520-243-8600

Coalición de Derechos Humanos – 520.770.1373 – Coalición de Derechos Humanos is a non-governmental community organization based in Tucson, Arizona that takes missing persons reports.

Help find Arizona’s missing children (including Isabel Celis & Jhessye Shockley)

No More Deaths / No Más Muertes -520.222.8734 &
busqueda@nomoredeaths.org – No More Deaths / No Más Muertes is a non-governmental community organization based in Tucson, Arizona that has a resource page for searching for someone who’s missing at the border and this contact form.

Tucson Samaritans / Los Samaritanos – 520.549.8903 – a Tucson based organization of humanitarian volunteers

California

Angeles del Desierto / The Desert Angels – angeles_del_desierto@yahoo.com & monicaangelesdeldesierto@yahoo.com – a San Diego based group of volunteers who conduct search & rescue operations along the border

California Missing Persons – a site maintained by the California Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General which features contact information, background on the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit and a missing persons database as well as resources and advice for locating missing children and missing adults

Texas

Texas EquuSearch – 281.309.9500 – a mounted search and recovery team whose contact phone number

General information

America’s Most Wanted: Missing persons resources

The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons

ColdCases Group

Let’s Bring Them Home: National Missing Adults Program (also on Facebook and on Twitter as @lbth)

Missing people – help and support – a good information site from the UK on how to start a missing persons search.

Missing Person Link and the maps

Outpost for Hope

Peace4 the Missing: Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime

University of North Texas: UNT Center for Human Identification’s Forensic Services Unit (untfsu)

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs – this site includes a family survival guide with short and long term advice (aimed at child disappearances but good information for all families) and a list of national resources.

Web Sleuths

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48 thoughts on “Missing persons resources

  1. I have a father that has been missing for more than 8 months. last call he had given my mother was that he was goig to try to cross-over. After that we never got a call back. I don’t know anything about him. All I wish is to know something about him.

    • Hi Cristina –
      I’m sending you some more information directly to your email – please let me know when it reaches you and if it’s useful or what kind of other information may help.
      – Rebekah

      • My dad went missing 4 years ago his name is Albert Oviedo he got deported told my mom he was Ensenada and we haven’t heard anything what do I do I have pictures of him

        • Hi – I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  2. hi ,i have my brothe in law ,he leave mexico two months ago to cross the border we havent hear about him …the family is desesperate ..hope you can help me.

    • I’m sending you some more information from this email address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) directly to your email address. Please let me know when it reaches you. If you can reply to it and answer some of the questions, I may be able to give more area specific contact information.
      – Rebekah

  3. Hi, my father was kidnapped in Mexico almost 6 years ago. It was plain daylight, around 4pm, children were leaving school, cops were directing traffic, and these people who took him just went into his business and took him. They asked for ransom, we gave it to them and they said they would let us know where to find them. We never heard from them. We have notified Mexican and American authorities and no help from either of them. My family and I don’t give up on hope and faith. Any help will be greatly be appreciated.

    • Hi Erika – I’m sending you some more information from this email address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) directly to your email address. Please let me know when it reaches you. If you can reply to it and answer some of the questions, like where this happened, I may be able to give more area specific contact information for that area. – Rebekah

  4. Hi. I am Aleyda. My husband decided to cross the border recently from Mexico. He started with a group of 24 or less (not sure) on May 4th, On May 6th or 7th he called me from a cell phone number he had and said that the Border Patrol had found them but the whole crowd dispersed running, in the end he was with a group of five men. After this I never heard from him. I received a call from a guy in Mexico known as ” El Huasteco” yesterday (Fri. May 10th) and he told me my husband is dead that there was an article on the CBS5 website in Arizona that spoke about finding five men, which one man died of dehydration and the other four were taking into BP (border patrol) custody. I just need to more info to which BP sector the other four were taken to or if he was the one that died. My family is devastated, we hope this is a lie and he was just taken into custody. I feel like my hands are tied since I am in Illinois with our children who are 2 and 3 years old, who are innocent and unaware of this tragedy. I have contacted an immigration attorney, who gave me the number (877-632-6678) of the consulate of missing people for Mexico. I just hope you can give me more info on this. I will deeply appreciate it. I am numb to everything that is going on now. We just dreamed about being together once again and now it has become just that; a dream. We are going to see him once again in God’s kingdom and there nothing, no laws, no border; will separate us ever again.

    • Hello Aleyda – I think I found the article, which has some location information in it, and I am doing some research on contact information and will send what I find to your email address shortly. Look for an email from contact@missingfrommexico.com. I’ll include my contact information in case you have more questions. – Rebekah

  5. Hi, my uncle was going cross the Arizona border on November 2011 and since then we haven’t have any news about him no one knows anything. I have called the consul of Mexico and there is no record of him. I’m desperate to know something about him. If you could please help me I will deeply appreciate it. Thank -you.

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information from this email address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) directly to your email address. Please let me know when it reaches you, I may be able to give more area specific contact information for that area. – Rebekah

  6. My son father went missing a year ago in Guadalajara after being released from being arrested. That was the last time anyone ever saw him. His family has been trying to put up flyers and look for him but officials just say they are busy or to check the morgue. Please if you can help any way you can we would appreciate it very much.

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information from this email address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) directly to your email address. Please let me know when it reaches you, I may be able to give more area specific contact information for that area. – Rebekah

  7. Hi
    I have an aunt and cousin that were kidnapped in broad daylight about two years ago. Their home is in San Luis Potosi, i believe they were taken right outside their home. Do you know who I can contact in order to help me over there? Another thing I believe my uncle had something to do with it as well, and two other uncles know what happened.
    My mom has tried searching around from here in Cali but she has dead ends.
    thank you.

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information from this email address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) directly to your email address. Please let me know when it reaches you, I may be able to give more area specific contact information for that area. – Rebekah

  8. Im Desperate my cousin 35 hes a boy and 65 year old aunt were suppose to be in their home town in mexico Veracruz on October 22, 2013 they left from austin tx on October 21 driving a truck and the last call we got from them was at 10 am on October 22 and he informed us that he was 1 hr away from hes hometown in mexico and they just never made it its been two days and no one seems to know where they are and we already checked hospitals and jails or any accidents and nothing we are sad and worried we dont want to imagine the worst especially how mexico is going not so good PLEASEEEE HELP !!!

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  9. Hi, Rebekah I was informed last night that one of my cousins intended to cross the border last week and haven’t heard from him since. I have searched on the ICE website but no results. We have called the consulate but no help. Can you help me please?

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  10. Hi. My father has been missing for 4 days. He arrived at the Guadalajara airport by plane. He normally checks in with my aunt who lives there, but no one has heard from him since his arrival. I have called the local police and the u.s. embassy. Is there anything else I can do? Any help would be deeply appreciated.

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  11. My mom was suppose to cross the border 2/9/14 but never did. Her husband and children are looking for her but no luck. We believe its foul play she wouldn’t just disappear on her own being disabled. Shes an American citizen!

    • Hi Mariana, I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  12. Hello my name is Brenda Garcia, and i m trying to find my missing uncle that went missing 17 years ago I know its been a while but am only 22 and been doing the impossible to find him he got deported to Tijuana and have never hear from him again if you could please help I would like to know if he’s alive or dead that way I have closure please!

    • I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  13. My father in law is missing in Atotnilco El Alto, Jal. My husband is located here in the US and we are not sure where to start. It is very difficult for us to make the trip over there to report him missing. Is there any info you can provide me so we can try and make written/verbal communication to a reliable source in Jalisco of his dissapearance. Do laws in Jalisco make it so that only a child can report a missing parent? Thank you for your help. It is much appreciated.

    • Hi – I’m sending you some more information directly to your email from this address (contact@missingfrommexico.com) – Rebekah

  14. My Husband got deported last year. In February we had just got of the phone, his Brother and him were leaving from their home to go feed their , which are a few miles away. They left around 10 a.m.
    they are from a small Pueblo in Tamaulipas,Mx near Cuidad Mante. There is only 1 road that connects from their town to the City and oforse they have to take that road to their ranch to feed the Cows. Members of their town says that 10 minutes after they left a truck full of Gang members rode through heading in the same direction as my Husband and Brother in law. Supposedly they had just kidnapped a person from another nearby town. We haven’t heard from them since. That was February 5th, 2014. I’ve been over there but can not return to help look for my husband because I have a child whom I can not leave behind nor take to Mexico for obvious reasons. We have called Mexico and The US consulates with no help given. We have contacted the cities police head quarters who will not give out information over the phone. His parents gave DNA and a report but haven’t been contacted back. His family have also checked the Morgues and jails. No progress yet. I feel helpless here. Is there anything else we can do? I found an unidentified persons database for Mexico but it wasn’t very helpful either.

    • Hi, I just read your post. I’m sorry for what you are going through. Hope you found him safe. Any luck finding your husband. Please fill me in. I feel so bad for you.

  15. I HAVE TWO MALE FRIENDS MISSING ONE IS 36YRS OLD AND THE OTHER ONE IS 38YRS OLD.THEY WERE DEPORTED ON SEPT.28 2014 LAST TIME I HEARD FROM THEM WAS OCT 10,2014 THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE GOING TO CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY FROM NUEVO LAREDO AT NIGHT TIME. SINCE THEN I HAVENT HAD ANY TYPE OF NOTICE FROM THEM NOR ANY COMMUNICATION IF YOU COULD PLEASE HELP ME I CAN SEND YOU THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PICTURES, THANK YOU

  16. Hi im looking for my husband he was going to come n see me n the last i heard from him was november 27 2014 he was in celaya guanajato mx i have pic.his name is saul gamboa he was wearing blue jeans n white tee shirt n blue cap he had a green small back pack w a kid bible in it he has a tatoo on his right upper arm w a sun n moon pls help me my email is 4sandy3@gmail.com

  17. Does your organization have any information or know of governmental organizations that are currently hiring or taking volunteers? I am a Houstonian with Mexican roots currently living as an expat in Chile. With time on my hands, I’d like to contribute towards efforts to assist others in the Hispanic community who are looking for loved ones. Thank you.

    Sylvia

  18. My dad went missing about 10-13 years ago. He was living in Tijuana at the time. I’ve been told that someone was suppose to bring him back to the US before he went missing.

  19. I have a uncle missing, he has been missing for 7 years now don’t know if he is DOA his name was Fidel Mireles around 45-50 years old

  20. Hi my friend been missing since September 9-2015 his family is looking for him in California the last thing they know about him he was left in the desert without water

  21. I am trying to find my kids father he was deported over 5 years ago and I have no clue in where to start to looking for him

  22. Hi I have a son that it’s 17 years old the last time I have seen or heard from his father was when my son turned 6 months old his father is from Guadalajara Jalisco I don’t know his parents name, brothers, sisters, cousins, out anything….. I have desperately been looking for his father for several years now please any information would be appreciated…

  23. Yes I don’t know how much information you can help me with my husband said he was going to cross the border in nuevo laredo and then he call me 3 hrs later and said he was on the us side and I told him I was on my way to get him and it have been 4 day and I have not got a message or a phone call and the cell phone he had is not working I have been to laredo texas and laredo mexico looking for him and no luck so I am heading home oklahoma with my 4 kids we have not seen him in 4 months do to deportation so I don’t know what to do i have called all the numbers I can find and sent emails and still no answer. Please can you help me

  24. I have a brother that was trying to cross threw the Sonora desert.the guys he was with a week later they called us and said he couldn’t walk nomore and they left him behind we haven’t heard from him it’s been 1mothers and half he’s name is Carlos Vazquez if you guys could help us with sum information or where can we call thank you

  25. Hi I’m going on 6 years this July 1, that I have no word of where my boyfriends body is. I know the story and I can’t mention it here but he was kidnapped in Sonora, Mexico. We (his family and i) are not allowed to make a report to the police or else!! What else can i do to put this at rest? Every day I’m haunted with images of what was.

  26. For all of you that are missing husbands the most helpful information can be found in NamUs. I do help with these types of Cases if you believe your loved one is in the US; , you have to provide a description to me. I know how to work the database. Height: Weight: DOB: Eye color: Age Range: Hair Color: And date they were last known alive or went missing. I may not get to everyone but you can send to my private email: Jenstar5505@gmail.com

    Translation via Google translator:
    Para todos ustedes que faltan maridos la información más útil se puede encontrar en NamUs . Yo ayudo con este tipo de casos , si usted cree que su ser querido está en los EE.UU. ; , Usted tiene que proporcionar una descripción para mí. Sé cómo funciona la base de datos . Altura : Peso : Fecha de nacimiento : Color de ojos : Rango de Edad : Color de cabello : Y la última fecha en que se conocen con vida o desaparecieron . Puede que no llegue a todo el mundo , pero se puede enviar a mi correo electrónico privado : Jenstar5505@gmail.com

  27. My daughter is with a Mexican man who left Mexico when his father died. He is very controlling and abusive. I would like more information on him. How can I see if he has a record?

  28. Hello I have a friend who we haven’t heard from in a few years last known to be living in Nogales and Puerto Peñasco after being deported, his name is Jose Rafael Flores DOB May 1st 1978, 38 yrs old. His family and friends are all worried about him. How can we go about searching for him?

  29. hi my brother in law father was taken from his rancho in provenir Mexico two weeks ago and they haven’t heard from him since and no one wants to help what can they do

  30. My husband came into the bus station in nuevo Laredo on Sunday. Last anyone heard from him he was headed to the hotel to meet up with our nephews. No one has heard from him since then. I have contacted the Mexico consulate but they just say they will call back and don’t. I have checked ice and they don’t seem to have him. I just need to know who else to contact to try to find him.

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