Hi all! I'm looking for some information on how missing persons cases work. I have found a lot of details about how to report someone missing and helpful information to aid law enforcement, but not much about the cases themselves are handled within the agency.
First - would the missing person be reported to the local police or to a state bureau? For context, there is no apparent foul play, and the person appears to have just run away from home.
Now, the eighteen year old girl has been reported missing by her family. Does her mother then have the right to request that the case be closed if the girl makes contact? What if her minor brother then reports that she is still missing? Would the case be reopened?
Also, could a third person - claiming to be her friend - go into the police station and request information? Would they be able to tell her the case had been closed?
Thank you in advance!