Missing Person Resources

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The Evanston Police Department does not require a specific amount of time to have passed before beginning a missing person investigation.  Call the police department by dialing 9-1-1 or (847) 866-5000 to make a report.

Below you will find helpful resources  to assist with a missing adult or child:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child exploitation, and prevent child victimization.  Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.  The NCMEC operates a 24-hour toll free telephone line by which individuals may report information regarding the location of any missing child, and request information pertaining to procedures necessary to reunite such child with such child's legal custodian; and coordinate the operation of such telephone line with the operation of the national communications system referred to in part C of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.  

National Runaway Safeline

1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or Text 66008

The National Runaway Safeline, established in 1971, serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families.  With the support of more than 120 volunteers, NRS makes over 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.  

Youth and Teens:  The NRS is there to listen whether you are thinking of running away or already have.  Their services are confidential and nonjudgmental.  

Parents and Guardians:  The NRS can offer support and help connect you to the right resources for your family.