Missing/sought persons must NOT be confused with persons that FSG is instructed
to trace for the purposes of debt recovery (which we do through the application
of our STANDARD TRACE PROCEDURE ['STP'])
missing persons we mean persons whose whereabouts are
unaccounted for as the result of being a victim of criminal acts,
accidents, mental illness/dementia, and persons regarded as "runaways"
(who are most often teenagers and abused children/spouses).
By sought persons we also mean the likes of the beneficiaries of
deceased estates/pension fund surpluses and the shareholders of public
companies whose details have become "lost" over the passage of time, and
the likes of biological parents seeking children they previously gave up
for adoption, and adopted children seeking their biological parents.
It follows that a sought
person is not necessarily a missing person.
However, because we employ
largely the same strategies/protocols to locate both missing and sought
persons, we regard locating missing and sought persons as one category
of investigation and one product of the service bouquet of FSG, although
in the case of missing persons we add to our mandate the responsibility that
we do not return a found missing person to an abusive
environment without also ensuring that some appropriate form of
intervention is also introduced to address the abusive environment.
In addition to having developed
protocols for locating different categories of missing/ sought persons,
FSG has also established several networks that we can activate within
minutes to assist to locating missing/sought persons. These include:
border control points.
Liaison structures with
senior SAPS officials, such that we can post a "missing person"
poster in the Community Service Centre of every police station
in SA within 24 hours.
NGO’s and NPO's that exist for the sole purpose of locating
missing/sought adults or children, who themselves have effective
networks that FSG can share. A particular example of one such
PINK LADIES to whom we volunteer our services,
(Follow the link emedded in the word and look them up on the
internet. We encourage all to
Our CEO of and the founder of
THE PINK LADIES,
Dessie aka 'Nana' Reicher, have built a relationship over many years such that
FSG vouches for them in every way possible. Dessie is an incredible
woman who, in her sixties, took it upon herself to found The
Pink Ladies - armed with nothing more than grit, willpower and
FSG has always held the belief that there is no-one who cannot be found,
as long as our client has the capacity – and is willing to do so – to
resource FSG financially to do all that has to be done to locate a
missing/sought person. It is also the case that FSG can proudly
claim that it has NEVER failed to locate a missing/sought person under
circumstance that our client has provided the financial resources
required for us to do all that is necessary to locate a missing/sought
FSG has often located missing
PINK LADIES, to whom we volunteer
our services. Dessie was moved to establish the
to support the family and assist in the search for
when she was abducted (and later found murdered) in 2007. Her
murder was caught and convicted, and
recently was murdered in his prison cell; a bit of poetic justice,
according to Dessie ...
FSG has often located sought
persons who have unknowingly become the beneficiary of a deceased estate. The
most recent example was the mother of a Zimbabwean man who came to
South Africa, won the lottery and was killed in a car accident. It
was established that his biological mother was still alive,
but all that was know of her was her name and that 20 years ago she
lived in a certain town in Zimbabwe. We had to visit Zimbabwe to
find her, and set aside 11 days for the task. However, we
found her within four hours of arriving in Zimbabwe! And of
course, what a pleasure it was to be instrumental in handing over a
life-changing sum of money.
Some years ago we were hired
by the legal team of a businessman who was accused of sexually
abusing his daughter some twenty years after the fact, under
circumstance that there was compelling evidence that the estranged
wife of the businessman (and the mother of the daughter) had put the
daughter up to this in a malicious effort to discredit our client.
Proving his innocence turned on locating a witness for whom all that was
known was his first name and a 20 year old address. We found the
witness and our client was found not guilty.
A few years ago a Swedish businessman
(who started out as a penniless hippie in south London) approached us to locate his daughter, who he had last seen on the
day of her birth, and who would turn 18 in just a few weeks. The
child was born of a brief relationship he had had in the UK with a
South African woman who was touring the UK some 19 years earlier.
All we had to work with was the mother's name and the fact that she
was of South African descent. Our client had purchased a gift for
his unknown daughter for each of her birthdays, and all he wanted
was the opportunity to introduce himself and hand over his gifts -
and he had waited for her 18th birthday so that she would be old
enough to decide for herself whether she wanted to meet him or not.
It took us about three weeks to find the daughter. She was living
with her mother (who became married after she returned to South
Africa) in a small town on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
Our CEO, Jardine, dealt with this case personally, and the memory of
putting father and daughter together on the daughter's 18th birthday
at an hotel in Umhlanga Rocks is one that still brings tears to his
Some of these stories end well; a pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow; a joyful reunion that brings tears to the
eye. But some of these stories have also ended with the discovery of the
lifeless body of a child, regrettably, more than once...
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