The Salvation Army Missing Persons program is a unique international social service. Its purpose is to help facilitate successful reunions between family members who have lost contact with each other.

In Western Pennsylvania, searches are conducted utilizing a variety of methods, including government offices, credit institutions, social service agencies and law-enforcement personnel. The Salvation Army is instrumental in reuniting thousands of families each year.

Thinking about starting a search?
Review our guidelines and procedures.


Searching for a missing person can be a lengthy process. Searches can last from six months up to a year.

The first step in beginning a search is to complete the Missing Persons Inquiry Form as completely as possible, sign it and mail it. There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee to review the case. Please do not send any legal documents, photos or certificates. These materials cannot be used for a search. You can obtain this form by calling 412/394-4885.

Once the form is received, it is evaluated. The Missing Persons Bureau reserves the right to reject an application based on motive, reasonableness, and feasibility. If the case is accepted, the inquirer will be notified by letter. If a case is not accepted, appropriate referrals will be made.

  • The privacy of a missing person who does not wish to be reunited will be maintained.
  • Searches cannot be conducted relating to:
    • legal matters
    • adoption cases
    • genealogical searches
    • persons under 18 years old
    • persons missing less than six months