I've lost touch with someone

and am not sure what to do

Perhaps you’ve lost touch with someone you care about and are worried about them, or are wondering where they are or what happened to them.

There are lots of reasons why you might no longer be in contact like family issues, an argument, or someone simply moved away and you’ve lost track of where they are.

We've compiled information which might be useful to you if you're trying to find someone you've lost touch with.

If you need to talk anything through, you can call or text our free helpline 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're here 24 hours a day. 

Please note: A disappearance should be reported to the police immediately if the person’s safety is believed to be compromised. Call 999 if you believe someone is at risk or in danger or harm.
 

How do I look for a friend I have lost touch with?

We can only make Lost Contact enquiries on behalf of family members. If your friend is vulnerable and reported missing to the police, Missing People may be able to help, but we would need to contact the police before starting work on the case. Alternatively, you could try an internet tracing service that holds the electoral roll and directory enquiries, such as:

www.peopletracer.co.uk

You could also try Friends Reunited which holds details of UK based schools and colleges (free registration but a small fee to forward emails) or you could leave a message on an online message board, such as:

www.missing-you.net

www.britishlegion.org.uk (message board for services and ex-services personnel)

www.myoldmate.net

You could also put a message in a local newspaper.

How do I look for a partner or spouse I have lost touch with?

We are not able to make Lost Contact enquiries for former partners or spouses. If the missing person is vulnerable and reported missing to the police, Missing People may be able to help, but we would need to contact the police before starting work on the case. Alternatively, you could ask if the missing person's direct relatives (this would need to be a blood relative over the age of 18) could contact Missing People.

If you are having relationship difficulties and need to talk to someone about this, you could also try www.relate.org.uk

What if I am under 18 years old?

You could ask if a parent or older sibling (blood relative over 18) could contact Missing People. You could try an internet tracing service that holds the electoral roll and directory enquiries, such as:

www.peopletracer.co.uk

Also, Friends Reunited hold details of UK based schools and colleges (free registration but a small fee to forward emails).

You could search on the Internet for further information - e.g. typing the person's name into a search site such as www.google.co.uk or words such as 'find father', 'missing person' etc. There are organisations that can be found on the Internet that will help in this situation (they may charge a fee).

You could leave a message on an online message board, such as:

www.missing-you.net

You could also try putting a message in a local newspaper.

For further information and guidance on the issues addressed on this web page, or for support relating to any aspect of someone going missing, call Missing People’s free and confidential 24 hour helpline on 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst this information has been provided in good faith, it should not be taken as legal advice. For information tailored to your circumstances, please contact your police force, solicitor or an advisory organisation as appropriate to your query.