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  1. Kerri Ann

    Kerri Ann Thread Starter

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    hi all,

    i have a question... i'm posting it here, and i hope it's not too off topic.
    i'm trying desperately to find someone, actually a few people, and i don't know their names. it's a very long sad story, but in short, something happened a year ago and these people were there when it happened. so the only way i can think of to get there names is from the police report. i had read the police report after it happened, but the names were all whited out. i'm not sure if this was because there was a court case pending at that time, or if there was some other reason, like maybe they wanted their names whited out. i hope not.
    i do not want to bother them, but if they are willing to speak with me, i want to try. so my question for all of you is-
    does anyone have any ideas of where i can start to look for them? they live kind of far from me, about 3 hours or so, and i don't own a car anyways, so i would like to do as much as i can online and over the phone.
    any help or ideas is very appreciated.
     
  2. Rhettman5.1

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    You are kind of limited in your options, you might try a personal add in the local paper where it happened, or a add in a "nickle saver" type newspaper, about all I can think of...Rhett
     
  3. Gibble

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    Hire a PI...
     
  4. MsPCGenius

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    I would talk to the Police station who handled the case. They can advise you if the names are available for public knowledge. If not, depending on circumstances, they might be willing to contact the people to see if they have an interest in talking to you.

    Above all, remember to respect their privacy and if there is an inkling at all that they would want to remain unfound, leave it that way. Trust your instincts.
     
  5. LANMaster

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    Hard to know if this will be helpful, but it is a powerful person search engine

    Link

    I doubt you're gonna track them down without at least a last name.
     
  6. Kerri Ann

    Kerri Ann Thread Starter

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    thanks for the suggestions everyone. i will consider placing an ad. unfortunately, i don't have enough money for a pi.
    Ms.PC Genius, i will also try your suggestion.
    lanmaster, you are right, that is a great search engine, but i don't even have a first or last name.
    i did some more thinking about it, and i was thinking maybe i could post some sort of message on a forum or message board for the area. i would have to find a pretty popular one, but that way they would not have to respond if they felt unconfortable doing so.
    thanks again guys.
     
  7. combsdon

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    ....mrs. pcg has the best idea and if you explain it to the police someone should try to do the middleman-thing for you.....good luck ;)
     
  8. Mulderator

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    An investigator could probably find them really quick and fairly cheap. I use them all the time (I'm a lawyer) and its amazing how quickly they can find somebody. Most of the time I know the name, but I would think with the info you have, they could probably get you the police report unaltered (i.e., with the names and addresses) for a few hundred bucks. I see your in California, so PM me if you need the name of a good investigator.
     
  9. combsdon

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    .....did I mention I was out of work.....:eek: :D
     
  10. Mulderator

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    combsdon--I told her to PM me for the name of a good investigator!

    ;)
     
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