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Missing Child

What to Do if Your Child is Missing

  • Let your child know you are looking for them by loudly calling out their name.  This will not only attract their attention if they have just wandered, but will alert other people who may be able to offer information or assistance.

  • Check the area that you last saw your child, including play spots and hideouts, both inside and outside.

  • Call upon neighbors, relatives, or responsible persons who can offer immediate assistance in a search.

  • Ask your child's friends if they have any information about your child’s location.  Ask their parents as well.  

  • Ask any passerby, delivery person, or neighbor if they saw your child.  Do not be afraid to talk to people in this situation. Let everyone know you are looking for your child.

  • If your child has not returned home from school, call your child's school.  Determine if they attended school that day, when they left, and if they had any disciplinary problems that day.

  • If your child rides a school bus, call the bus company to see if your child was on the bus and where the bus dropped them off.  

  • Have someone your child knows available at your home in the event your child returns or is located.  KEEP YOUR HOME AND CELL PHONES ATTENDED. 

  • If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office.  Many stores have a missing child plan.

  • IF YOU DO NOT LOCATE YOUR MISSING CHILD WITHIN A SHORT TIME, CALL 9-1-1.  After contacting your local law enforcement agency, remain where you are and wait for a deputy to respond.  Be prepared to tell the deputy when you noticed that your child was missing, the location your child was last seen or their destination, and a complete description of your child, including what clothing he or she was wearing.

  • IF YOU LOCATE YOUR CHILD, IMMEDIATELY CALL 9-1-1 to notify law enforcement that your child has been found.

More Information

For more information, please contact the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.  Emergency or time-sensitive information should be reported by calling 9-1-1 for emergency services, or by calling 651-767-0640 for non-emergencies.


Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom