As Channel 10’s new series Long Lost Family will be premiering on March 16, many cases can be solved within a few hours, says Private Investigator Jan Ross.
“I endeavour to locate family members whose current whereabouts are unknown,” says Ms Ross, founder of Pathfinder Investigations in Ballajura.
“Some of the situations I am asked to investigate include reunions, lost heirs, cold case reviews and sensitively tracing biological relatives.
“The process of finding a missing person includes the client providing as many details as possible through a questionnaire, then we access special industry databases, contact individuals and organisations by phone or email, make field calls using good old-fashioned shoe leather and even do DNA testing, which is accurate to 99.999%.
“Surprisingly most of our Missing Person cases can be solved within two hours, but there is no guarantee if, for example, they have left the country. However, since I am a Member of the Council of International Investigators with 345 contacts in 118 countries, that doesn’t necessarily mean the trail goes cold,” Ms Ross says.
For every missing person reported, at least 12 others are affected emotionally, psychologically, physically or financially.
“My favourite part of the job is being involved in heart-warming reunions. Not all stories have a happy ending, but quite often they do.
“In one case, I found a man in Perth in only 3 weeks who went missing in Karratha 10 years ago, even though a well-known organisation spent 14 months investigating and came up empty-handed,” Ms Ross says
Jan Ross will speak about her experiences as a Private Investigator at the VIEW Club on 23rd March.
In 2015, Pathfinder Investigations won the Best New Business Award in the Malaga & Districts Business Association Awards and the Word of Mouth Online Service Award.
If you suspect a missing person is in danger, call the Police on 000.
Pathfinder Investigations specialise in finding Missing Persons. They provide a holistic service by recommending counsellors, when required, who help clients come to terms with the emotional upheaval caused by not knowing if or when their loved one will be found.
Founder of Pathfinder Investigations Jan Ross served almost 20 years in the West Yorkshire Police in the UK, and served five years tracing missing persons with a 100% success rate in solving current cases.
WA Western Suburbs VIEW Club (Voice Interests & Education of Women)
Details: 23rd March 2016
11.30am Mount Claremont Community Centre
Topic: Madeleine McCann and why I became a P.I.
Tickets: [email protected]
P: 0488 184 459