Case Criteria – Missing Adults

Ontario’s Missing Adults accepts cases which meet each of the following criteria:

  • are 18 years or older at the time of the disappearance
  • have a report filed with law enforcement
  • family member has been out of contact for a period of three months or longer
  • the person disappeared from, or in, Ontario.

Exceptions in Missing Adult criteria

Exceptions can be made to the above guidelines.  However, these are made on a case-by-case basis.  If the case cannot be added to Ontario’s Missing Adults, suggestions will be made to ensure that your loved one’s case receives as much attention as possible.  If you wish to have a case added, but are unsure if it falls within the general guidelines, please contact us at Familyrequest@missingadults.ca. Exceptions can also be made at the request of Law Enforcement where there is urgent concern about a person’s safety.

Case Criteria – Unidentified Adults

Ontario’s Missing Adults accepts cases regarding unidentified persons that meet the following criteria:

  • case is submitted by a Coroner’s Office or Police Agency
  • the estimated age allows for the person to have reached at least 18 years
  • the person was found in, or where there is a link to, Ontario.

Wherever possible, images of facial reconstructions will be included in case details. Where a reconstruction is unavailable, images of any clothing or personal items will be used. Post-mortem photos are not included on case pages. Ontario’s Missing Adults also accepts cases where images are unavailable, provided that enough descriptive information is available. Cases will be added regardless of the estimated date of death.