As somebody who has been reported missing, Thames Valley Police are only too aware that this is a very anxious time for you. You will undoubtedly have many questions about the police investigation and why certain procedures need to take place. This notice is intended to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and also to signpost you for further support and guidance.

Police visit:

In most cases a police officer will have visited the person who reported you missing to ask for more information.  This information will be stored and retained on the police record management system in line with national guidance, but also so that in the event that the person should go missing again we will already have lots of information to help us.

House search:

The officer will have searched the address and any outbuildings occupied by you, this was to help us to find you as quickly as possible as there is often information at that will help us with our investigation.  If officers came across any items that they wanted to examine, copy and retain they may have taken these items from your address, this includes items such as diaries, address books etc. A record of any items taken will have been left at your address and these items will be returned to you as soon as possible.


The police will have obtained a photograph of you during the investigation and will have uploaded it to the police record management system in order to assist us with future missing episodes.  If an original photograph has been taken it will be returned as soon as possible.


In some cases the police will use the media to help us to locate a missing person, this is not done in all cases.

Other enquiries:

In some cases the police will have carried out protracted enquiries in order to help us to locate you, this may have included carrying out banking enquiries, contacting your friends, family and possibly your work place.

Partner agencies:

In some circumstances the police will have shared information about you with partner agencies such as Social Services, Health or Education. The police and our partners have a statutory responsibility to share information about people if we are concerned about them.

The police will only carry out proportionate enquiries in order to assist us to locate people who have been reported missing.  All enquiries carried out have bene done with your best interests in mind.  If you are concerned about any of the enquiries carried out please contact 101 quoting the reference number you have been given.

Our Privacy Notice aims to tell you how Thames Valley Police use and disclose personal data. It also explains the rights available to you in respect of our processing. Read the Thames Valley Police Privacy Notice.


If you would like support please contact the Missing People Charity online or by phone on 116 000.