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At GSL we offer a ‘no trace, no fee’ guarantee for most of our missing persons cases. Often we are requested by solicitors and private clients alike to trace missing persons for all sorts of reasons – ranging from locating heirs to an estate to those simply wanting to find a dearly loved person who seems to have disappeared. However sometimes, tracing a missing person or unspecified individual is a lot trickier than it may appear on the surface.

One such case was that of an elderly lady who had died aged 93 intestate, who apparently had no surviving family. The solicitor looking after her estate came to us to see if we would be able to find out if, in fact, she did have any heirs. Her husband had died several years before, and as far as the care home was concerned, there were no known relatives. The lady had been in the home with dementia for a while, and when questioned the staff confirmed that she had never received a single visitor in all the time she had been there.

On starting the investigation at the first point of call, the date of birth and genealogy of the lady herself, we discovered that she had been born in the UK in the early 1920’s. We also found that her parents were from a small village just 8 miles from Dublin, but had a very common Irish name which of course widened the search further and did little to help us in our quest to find surviving members of her family – if they existed at all.

Her parents were married in the small village, moving to the UK the year after. They had one other child, a son born two years after their relocation, but he unfortunately died aged 4 in the late 1920’s. We then checked for other children from the marriage, but there weren’t any other than the lady herself and her brother who had died at such a tragically young age.

Coming to a dead end with this line of enquiry, we then had to research the family in Ireland in more depth and go through all family members in the Dublin records office.  Unfortunately, because they were born such a long time ago, most of the family members had also died or had emigrated to other countries.

After further research we eventually found family members who would have been cousins, nephews and nieces. A factor which further proved to be problematic was that unlike most families in Ireland, they were very few children to each marriage - and many had died young. Finally, we found one first cousin who had died 12 years ago - also in the UK – who crucially had one child. That child is now the only living heir and sole beneficiary to the estate of the lady who had died alone in the care home, who had been presumed to have no surviving family.

As you can see, on occasion tracing the heir to an estate isn’t quite as simple as you may think – especially in the absence of a will. Although records and consensuses are readily available, if that person is particularly old or has few family members apparent at their time of death, it can make for a lengthy and complicated search to find their surviving family. This particular case is one of the longest cases we have ever had when tracing someone - as it took us 6 months to complete.

Please keep following the blog for further case studies – and if you have somebody you wish to find then please contact us for details of our ‘no trace, no fee’ guarantee. 

Find missing people

We were approached by a client who was born in 1973 and never had contact with his father. He was more a little curious to know about his lifestyle and get to know the father he had often wondered about.
The only information that he could provide us with was the approximate age of his father and an area that he knew he had lived in at the time of the clients birth in 1973.
The search began by locating the birth records and then other family members.
As we proceeded through the research it appeared that he had married and divorced several times.

CCTV camera

Don't you just love it when best laid plans come to fruition. Well, it doesn't happen often enough unfortunately.
However, after installing a CCTV camera system several weeks I got a call from the company. I was expecting them to say there had been a theft and we have caught the bad guys.
I didn't expect to get there and download the video recording to that an articulated lorry had reversed into their shutter doors.
It was all on film but the driver didn't see the camera in situ, or the shutter door.  He pulled forward after smashing the doors and stood at the side of his vehicle saying 'It wasn't me'. The footage was sent to his company and they have now admitted liability for the damage.

Process Server
We are often asked to serve papers on the Respondent in a case where child custody issues are being fought over by one side or another.
This week was no different, other than the reaction from the children of the Respondent.
I served a Special Order on a gentleman whose children had been living with him for a few months and whom he had settled into a new school.

He wasn't happy to receive the order, firstly because it had been granted without his knowledge, and secondly because he told me the children didn't want to live with their mother.

ABI logo
Great meeting today in Birmingham put on by the ABI. 
Some great speakers on Data Protection, deployment of Tracking units and future licensing.
It looks like the licensing and qualification process is moving forward and will be introduced within the next 12 months.

Nail Polish
Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Women will be able to wave over help before a sexual assault occurs when wearing this life- saving nail polish.

Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

Private investigators are turning to the latest in technology — drones — to catch adulterers, insurance and workplace liars and even would-be child abusers.

“People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones, but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a private investigator for 23 years and the president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, Long Island, the New York Post reported.

Ms. Triggs told the New York Post that she recently used a drone to out a man who was accused of committing insurance fraud.

“He was supposedly fully disabled,” she said, the New York Post reported. “We knew he was active, but couldn’t prove it because of the layout of the property. I couldn’t risk being shot.”


If your child went missing wouldn’t you want the world to stop and look for them? A Child Rescue Alert is activated when a child is known to have been abducted or their life is believed to be at immediate risk. Every second counts and your support is vital.

Visit the web page and register or down load the app and help find missing children quickly when they are taken.

Child Rescue Alert is the responsibility of CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency (NCA).  It is managed in partnership with the charity, Missing People, which is responsible for its promotion and operation, and also with Groupcall which provides the subscription website and the underlying alerting software

Being from the North West and not being used to using the Underground in London it can be quite daunting for a infrequent traveller.

The surveillance subject was a small chinese male and I swear he walked faster than Usain Bolt runs. He was hopping on and off trains to get into the city centre and it was extremely difficult to follow him. The major problem was not being able to see him amongst the other passengers because he was only 5' 3" tall. If you have used the Underground Tube in rush hour you know that if you're not quick enough, you can't even get on the same train, let alone the same carriage. On that basis it is very difficult to see what station the subject gets off the train.

I took us three men and two attempts to get the details of where he was working and then follow up with the required surveillance. Once at street level and close to his offices, forget using a car. Everything in the city centre is on foot or in a taxi, making covert ops difficult on the street with very little cover. Thankfully we got a great result and yet another false claim denied.

Hidden cameras

A client asked me recently to build a covert hidden camera to his own specifications. It had to slot into the racking inside a warehouse and be moveable so it could be used in various locations around factory warehouse. The other requirement was that it had to last for 13 hours and record to a built in DVR. The problem was there were several Wi-Fi zones and it couldn't always pick them up due to be encased in the steel racking.