What to do if you think someone's missing

If you're worried about someone you think may be missing, contact the police. There's no time limit on when you can make a report. You don't, for example, have to wait 24 hours.

The easiest ways to report a person missing are by calling the police on 999 in an emergency situation or by calling your local police force on 101. Alternatively, take a look at our Missing People First Steps Guidance on how to report someone as missing.

Missing People helpline

Missing People is a charity that can help if someone you care about has gone missing. Missing People offers support, advice and practical help at this difficult time.


  • 'Missing People' - An independent charity providing help, guidance and assistance if you know someone who is missing or has run away
  • Missing Kids UK - Advice for parents and guardians