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Missing Persons Unit

Behind the Frontline: Missing Persons Unit

Quick Facts

  • A missing person does not have to be reported in person. It can be reported through other means such as the internet, telephone or Crime Stoppers.
  • There is NO waiting period to report someone missing.
  • Missing persons cold cases remain open until the person is found.
  • At any given time there are between 400 and 500 missing people in Alberta.
  • A missing adult has the right to privacy. Their location cannot be disclosed unless consented.

Every day in Alberta people go missing. They may be family members, friends or colleagues. They come from all walks of life, and the reasons they go missing are varied, and sometimes tragic. From runaways to those who become lost due to decreased mental capacity, or people who simply don’t want to be found, every day investigators in “K” Division are working to ensure those reported missing are located.

A missing person is anyone reported to, or by police, as someone whose whereabouts are unknown, whatever the circumstances of their disappearance may be. There is no minimum time someone must be gone to be reported missing – in fact, the sooner the police are notified, the sooner they can begin working to find that person.

The “K” Division Missing Persons Unit in “K” reviews every missing persons file reported to RCMP detachments in Alberta. This team regularly reviews from 15 to 40 missing persons files daily, and offers support to frontline investigators until the missing person has been located. Most people reported missing in Alberta are located within the first 24 hours.

Project KARE, a high risk persons project team, was launched in 2003 in response to a number of found human remains in the Edmonton area in the fall of 2002. Since then, “K” Division has undertaken many initiatives aimed at investigations involving missing persons and vulnerable people engaged in activities that may put them at risk of becoming missing. Established in 2013, the Missing Persons Unit is the culmination of many of those initiatives.

Falling under the Serious Crimes Branch, the Missing Persons Unit is strategically linked to the Major Crimes Unit, Behavioral Sciences Group and Historical Homicide Unit. The Missing Person Unit includes:

If you wish to report a missing person, contact your local police. Once you do contact the police, providing a recent photo, description and details about the last known whereabouts will help police begin searching. The more information you can provide about the person who is missing, the better. After you have contacted police, check with family, friends and colleagues – they may know the where the individual is or have additional information that will help.

If you have information about someone who is missing, please contact your local police, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or