Locating a Person or Witness Through a Private Investigator

November 11th, 2016

Missing Persons Investigator

Photo: Scott Robinson, Flickr Creative Commons

If you’re trying to find a person or witness – whether as part of litigation, a key witness, birth parents, or a long lost relative – you may be considering a private investigator as your last resort. You’ve done everything you can think of – Google searches, contacting friends of the person, directory searches, etc. – and come up empty handed. You’re desperate to find this person or witness, but all your search has turned up is dead ends.

Don’t Be Discouraged – Google Isn’t Everything

Google has become our default resource when we want to do research, and if it turns up no results it is easy to become disheartened. However, Google’s search engine only has access to information available through the internet. If someone is living off the grid, or under an assumed name, it can be difficult to get accurate results. That is why our Philadelphia private investigators also rely on in-person document searches and interviews to locate missing individuals.

What Information Should I Provide to the Philadelphia Private Investigator?

Every piece of information you can provide is important. You never know what seemingly insignificant detail will produce a lead. Other information to provide includes:

  • Where the person and their family are from
  • Their middle name
  • Siblings’ and parents’ names
  • Names of the person’s friends
  • Where they grew up
  • What school(s) they attended, including college
  • Their birthdate
  • Former employers and careers
  • Places they’ve lived

Information that comes from third parties (such as a friend of a friend) is often a double-edge sword. The information could be true or false, and if it is the latter, it can lead to wasted time and resources. Judge third-party information carefully, and try to verify how truthful the source tends to be.

Know It All: Expert Private Investigators in Philadelphia

If you’re struggling to locate a family member, friend, or witness, the experts at Know It All Intelligence Group are here to help. Our Philadelphia private investigators are trained to locate persons who don’t necessarily want to be found. While most private investigators claim to offer skip trace services, we have an entire full-time division dedicated to skip trace and subject location investigations. Our certified investigators combine public information, proprietary data sources, and other sources to locate individuals. Our databases are up to date, unlike those offered by online services.

By choosing us, you are also accessing over 100 years of combined field investigative experience. We provide precise, professional results in a timely manner. If you need help locating an individual, contact the experts at Know It All today.

Find Us


The Constitution Building
1950 Street Road – Suite 402
Bensalem, PA 19020

Phone: (888) 281-9535
Fax: (215) 352-4469
Email: investigations@knowitallgroup.com

Our Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9am to 6:30pm EST