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Search Tips

Case Numbers

Case numbers used by Ontario's Missing Adults take the following format:

Using the Search Pages

Visitors can search the databases using either Metric or Imperial units. By default, the search page is set to Metric units. To change units, simply toggle the 'Switch to...' near the top right of the page.

The search operations of the Search Missing Adults and Search Unidentified Adults are similar.

Date of Disappearance/Discovery
Specific dates can be entered by filling in the year, month and day of the disappearance/discovery in the space provided.

If no value is entered as the end date, the current date is entered by default.

Visitors can also select specific dates by clicking on the calendar icon.

<    OR     > moves the calendar by one month.
<<  OR   >> moves the calendar by one year.
<<< OR >>> moves the calendar by one decade.

Location of Disappearance/Discovery
This section is used to search the city from which the person went missing or where the unidentified remains were discovered. This search feature does not include a province search.

Race, Hair Colour and Eye Colour
To select multiple categories, click on the appropriate boxes. Once you have made your selection(s), click OK to close the menu.

Your selection(s) will appear to the left of the drop down menu button.

Age Selections
This section allows you to enter specific age ranges. Please note that age refers to the age at the time of the disappearance or the estimated age of the unidentified at the time of death.

Height and Weight Estimates
Each measure refers to the height or weight at the time of the disappearance/discovery .

The databases have been created so that Metric measurement units are converted to Imperial measurement units. Differences between figures on Ontario's Missing Adults and other websites are due to rounding. In some cases, height and weight estimates have been adjusted by +/- 1 to accommodate rounding differences.

Keyword Searches
The keyword search function allows visitors to search the database for specific words. By default, the search function searches for common word endings. For example, keyword search entry time . The search results page will return a case list where the words time, times, timed appear.

If including several keywords, the search results page will return those cases containing all of the keywords. To search for a specific phrase, enter the phrase in " ". Example: "blue jeans"