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Missing Adults

Missing adults are persons 18 years old or older who have disappeared. Reasons for adults going missing are many and varied, voluntary and involuntary. Adults are free to choose to go missing, adults might decide to leave a relationship breakdown, or young adults who have left the family home because of conflict. 

However certain circumstances can make adults vulnerable to going missing. Here are just a few reason of why an adult may be missing: 

Deliberate Disappearances: This includes adults who may be experiencing difficulties with significant people in their lives, financial issues, family break-down or other problems that may be overwhelming. The decision to disappear is a way to escape the situation. This also includes adults who decide to simply leave family and friends behind to start a new life elsewhere.

Suicide: Some adults disappear with the intention of committing suicide.

Adventure or Accident Victims: These adults include those who disappear while engaging in activities such as boating, adventure hiking, diving or other activities and experience a catastrophic event.

Drifters: Drifters are those who lead a more transient lifestyle. Over time, contact with family and friends is lost.

Unintentional Disappearances: This includes people such as those with dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's disease) who become lost or wander away from home. It can also include those who find themselves lost (e.g. while travelling, in a new city, etc.), overdue in terms of her/his expected arrival or misunderstanding/miscommunication of a meeting point.

Mental Health Issues: Some disappearances are due to undiagnosed or untreated mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or schizophrenia. Addictions may be a factor as well.

Unknown Circumstances: In some cases there is no clear reason that explains why the adult went missing. The explanation comes only after the person is located.

Foul Play/Suspicious Circumstances: These are disappearances that are the result of kidnapping, homicide, domestic violence, human trafficking or other criminal events. It is important to note that only a small portion of missing person cases are due to foul play.

If you know of someone who has gone missing

please contact your local police

Emergency 9-1-1



Red Deer City RCMP Complaint Line



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