Investigations regarding missing persons present a genuine challenge to law enforcement professionals. Fortunately, public awareness and concern about missing persons continues to grow, especially as it relates to missing children, persons who are mentally and physically impaired, and suspected victims of foul play. The San Francisco Police Department will investigate all persons reported missing until the person is found.
Missing Persons Unit
850 Bryant St, Room 500
San Francisco, CA 94103
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
link to SFPD Missing Persons
What Is a Missing Person
A missing person includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:
A minor (person less than 18 years of age) who is missing and may be any of the following
- who is missing voluntarily or involuntarily
- the victim of parental abduction
An adult who is missing and may be any of the following
- voluntarily or involuntarily
- the victim of a crime or foul play
- in need of immediate medical attention
- is mentally or physically impaired
NOTE: The San Francisco Police Department does not have the authority nor the resources to find uprooted friends or relatives who have lost contact with each other. Concerned individuals who are interested in such matters are requested to employ other public and private resources.
How to Report a Missing Person
- You may initiate a Missing Persons Report by contacting your local law enforcement agency.
- There is no waiting period to report a missing person.
- Contsct 911 for cases involving young children or if foul play is suspected.
- All other non-emergency cases can be reoported by calling (415) 553-0123 or by going to your district station.
- No online reporting is allowed
- Be prepared to provide information on the missing person, including name, date of birth/age, physical information, and medical information Police will need to know the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and the last known location where the missing person had been seen or was known to be.
- Other helpful information that may be provided: missing person's phone accounts, email address, known associate's contact information, and a photograph of the missing person (If available), dental and medical
The Missing Persons Unit of the Juvenile and Family Services Division investigates all adults.
If you have any questions concerning a missing person, please contact your local police station, or call the Missing Persons Unit at 415-558-5508.
Please note: According to California Department of Justice guidelines, the investigating agency is normally the agency in which the missing person lives. If the missing person does not reside within the City of San Francisco, a courtesy Missing Persons Report will be completed and then distributed to the concerned law enforcement agency where the missing person lives and was last seen.
Links to Missing Persons in California