When you’re trying to track down someone, there isn’t a sure thing. There are no perfect leads. If you’re able to call their cell phone a week after their first interview, it may be disconnected a few days later. Locating someone can take some unexpected turns. That’s part of the fun.
During my time at the University of Colorado, we had one case that took an unexpected turn. We sent postcards and went by all the addresses from the last five years. Nothing. There was one more address in public records, but it was 10 years old. With no other leads, I sent a postcard expecting nothing. A few days later, I received a phone call.
“This is John Doe. You sent me a postcard. How did you know I was living at my sister’s place?”
The fact is, I didn’t. I didn’t even know it was his sister’s place. I just took a shot with an old address from public records. You never know what’s out there, and you never know what will work. You just have to be willing to give it a shot.
First, look for the strategies with the highest odds. Second, look for the strategies with minimal effort. Obviously, the best strategies contain both. However, I found John Doe using only the second.
Now go get’em.