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Filing a Missing Person Report in the State of Iowa

"Missing person" means a person as defined in 694.1  Code of Iowa whose temporary or permanent residence is in Iowa, or is believed to be in Iowa, whose location has not been determined, who has been reported as missing to a law enforcement agency and meets one of the following characteristics:

b_mag.gif (884 bytes) Is physically or mentally disabled.
b_mag.gif (884 bytes) Is missing under circumstances indicating that the missing person's safety may be in danger.
b_mag.gif (884 bytes) Is missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary.
b_mag.gif (884 bytes) Is an unemancipated minor.
For purposes of this chapter an "unemancipated minor" means a minor who has not married and who resides with a parent or other legal guardian.

Missing Person Incident Types

Contact your local law enforcement agency to file a missing person report.

Important Information Regarding Unemancipated Juveniles

Chapter 694.5 Code of Iowa and the National Child Search Assistance Act of 1990 set requirements for law enforcement agencies in cases involving unemancipated minors. A law enforcement agency is required to immediately transmit the information for inclusion in the national crime information center computer and they shall not prevent an immediate active investigation on the basis of an agency rule which specifies an automatic time limitation for a missing person investigation.

If you have questions or require assistance in getting a missing person report filed contact the

Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
215 E. 7th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
phone 515-725-6036

Click here to obtain information regarding searching for an individual who does not meet the requirements to file a missing person report in Iowa.

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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 05-04-11 (LNM)