There is no time limit on when you can report a missing person. You don't have to wait 24 hours.
If it is an emergency and you feel that the missing person may be at risk of immediate harm, dial 999.
Report a missing person:
We will take a detailed report and it will be helpful if you can provide as much of the following information as possible:
We use the information that you give to assess the level of risk that the missing person may be at.
We then consider all lines of enquiry which are appropriate and necessary in the circumstances and begin an investigation to find them.
If the missing person is not found following the initial lines of enquiry, then the investigation will be passed to a nominated officer.