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My Loved One is Missing

Do not wait to report a missing person – call 911 now!

There is NO waiting period for reporting a person missing in California. All California police and sheriffs’ departments must accept any report, including a report by telephone, of a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of the report.  To report a missing person call 911 without delay.   If you cannot get immediate cooperation from your local law enforcement agency, call the California Dept. of Justice hotline to report your mentally ill missing person directly, 1-800-222-FIND (3463).

This page is inspired by the case of Erik Lamberg, 51, a father and husband diagnosed as bi-polar, who has been missing since May 23, 2013, and is dedicated to all persons with mental illness who have not found their way home.

Missing loved ones who have a serious mental illness is an epidemic problem. Sometimes the person has deliberately disappeared in response to stigma — out of shame, or not wanting to “burden” others; sometimes their illness keeps them from finding their way home; accident, murder, and suicide are also possibilities. To the ones left behind, not knowing is an agonizing dilemma.

Missing Persons Resources

The State of California Department of Justice maintains a missing persons database, and on its website a full section on California Missing Persons. One page in this section, “Resources”, contains links to organizations and useful databases.

NAMI maintains a page on the national website “Finding A Missing Loved One” guidance, information, and additional resource links.

The National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.

This detailed document, “WHEN A MENTALLY ILL LOVED ONE GOES MISSING  was prepared for presentation at a NAMI Conference in 2013.  It has not been updated, so some specified information may have changed.  The author is a Private Investigator and is owner operator of Missing Persons Investigation Agency.

Erik Lamberg

Erik Lamberg went missing on a dirt wilderness road in Northern California between Fort Bragg and Willits on May 26, 2013. Call the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086 with any information. Erik’s wife decided to go public with his story to increase the odds of finding him.Find the latest updates on his Facebook page “Find Erik Lamberg.”    For more information, see this LA Times article on Erik’s disappearance . You can also follow the families searc on twitter @finderiklamberg or @slambergshark. 


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