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Report or find a missing person If someone goes missing, contact anyone you think may know their whereabouts – if you’re still concerned, contact your local police. You don’t have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police. The police may ask you:for their photodetails of places the person often visitswhether they had a medical conditionfor a sample of their DNA, eg from a toothbrushWith a relative’s permission, they may also ask to search the person’s home. The person will be recorded as missing and their details made available to other UK police forces within 48 hours. Knowing when someone is foundIf the police find a person aged under 18, their parent(s) or guardian(s) will usually be told their whereabouts unless police believe the child’s safety is at risk. If the person is aged over 18, the police won’t pass on their whereabouts without their permission. Organisations that help find missing peopleYou can contact:your local police - they will contact the police force in the relevant country (through Interpol)the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500 (ask for ‘Consular Protection’)