Skiptracing, AKA skip tracing, or debtor and fugitive recovery is the process of locating a person's whereabouts for any number of purposes. The term comes from the debt collection industry and refers to those who "skip out" on their debts by moving and not leaving a forwarding address. The term skip tracing has been adapted to mean finding a missing person, regardless if they have skipped out on a debt or not.
The insurance industry uses skip tracing most often to locate a claimant, insured or witness. The skip may be unintentional (kidnapped, elderly) or intentional (debtor, deadbeat parent). A skiptracer is someone who performs this task, which may be the person's primary occupation.
There is a difference between missing person, skip tracing and location Investigations.
Usually, skip tracing is to find people who may not be in harm's way and typically need to be found to collect a debt or be sought for questioning regarding a transaction or event
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Some states restrict access to certain databases and as such may increase the price of locating the subject by making it more difficult.
Clients should obtain and forward as much identifying information as possible about the persons to be found. The more information we have initially, the better chance we have of locating the subject sooner. Such Information will include current and past addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth and names of family members and other relatives. And photographs are always helpful.