Thousands of Americans are reported missing each year in the United States. The Family Crimes Unit of the Stockton Police Department Investigations Division handles missing person reports. A Missing Person Report should be filed as soon as you are concerned about a person's absence. 

Important information

There is no waiting period to report a missing person to the police.  The Stockton Police Department considers missing person cases as open and active investigations until the missing person is located.


View Stockton Police: Missing Persons Open Cases.


Reporting A Missing Person

To report a missing person, contact the Stockton Police Department:

Emergency - Dial 9-1-1

Non-Emergency - Dial (209) 937-8377

Once a report has been completed, missing persons are reported through the state via California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) by the Stockton Police Department.  CLETS will then enter your case into the U.S. Nationwide Missing Person System (NCIC).


Missing Children

Missing juveniles are classified as:

  • Voluntary
  • Runaway
  • Abducted by a stranger
  • Unknown
  • Suspicious circumstances

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Missing Adults

Adults are classified as voluntary and/or disabled dependent adults or suspicious circumstances.

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Parental Abduction/Child Custody Cases 

These cases are dual investigations by the Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Child Abduction Unit.

Missing Persons' Organizations

The San Joaquin County Women's Center-Youth & Family Services - (209) 941-2611

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - 1-800-843-5678    

Office of the Attorney General California Missing Persons - 1-800-222-3463