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Case Studies: Personal

Background Investigations  
Bug Detection
Cell Phone Data Recovery
Criminal Defense
Elder Abuse

Find Assets
Find People
Fingerprinting Services

Identity Theft
Public Integrity

Record Searches
Surveillance Services
Surveillance Services - GPS
Wrongful Death


Background Investigation

When Mary became suspicious that her boyfriend wasn’t who he claimed to be, we began looking into his history. Ultimately we found that he had another family in another state and had apparently moved to Arkansas in an effort to establish a new life. Result: a surprised boyfriend, a happy and much wiser client. Click here to learn how we can help you find the answers you need.

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Bug Detection

Dealing with a personal divorce situation we were asked to conduct a search for cameras and listening devices in our client’s house. The client detailed some of the information that his estranged wife had revealed; noting the only way for her to know this information was to have overheard the conversations he had in the house. Result: no listening devices were found in the home. Click here to learn how we can find out of there are cameras or listening devices in your home.

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Cell Phone Data Recovery  

People often bring their phones to us to recover deleted messages, photographs and call data. Limited by law as to what we can and cannot do, we’re able to retrieve data from over 2900 different phones (with more added each day). One recent client found a telephone in his house that he did not recognize. He wanted to return it to the rightful owner but didn’t know who owned it. We were able to access the data from the phone and what do you know? It was his wife’s recently purchased phone that he didn’t know about. Result: busted. Click here to learn how we can find information from cell phones.

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Criminal Defense

A Hot Springs man was accused of capital murder in the shooting death of another local man in a Hot Springs apartment.  Eighteen months of working with his counsel finally paid off on when the jury acquitted him after only 25 minutes of deliberation. Our investigation helped to gather facts that proved the evidence gathered by police wasn’t sufficient to convict him. We visited witnesses in prisons, interviewed dozens of people, gathered statements, compared evidence, found witnesses that had not initially come forward, drove hundreds of miles and spent untold hours on the investigation. Working with a superb team of attorneys made the case a particularly memorable one and a case that demonstrates that we will put 100% effort into it even when the odds say otherwise. See more about the story in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record story written by Steven Mross on May 17, 2013 (http://www.hotsr.com/news/2013/05/17/local-man-acquitted-of-capital-murder-233514.php)

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Elder Abuse

Concerned that her elder brother was being mistreated, we were hired by a client from Louisiana to check on him in northern Arkansas. The client was elderly herself and could not physically come to the area but she was concerned that his caregivers were not looking after him as expected. Unannounced, we drove to and met with the caregivers. They were more than happy to receive us and allowed us to privately meet with and video record the client’s brother. Result: a happy client and her well cared for brother. Click here to learn how we can help you if you suspect elder abuse. 

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Find Assets

Our client is a major manufacturer of a product line in Arkansas who had become involved in a partnership with an out of state investor.  The client ended up establishing a partnership and making an investment of over $780,000 for which they received no product. It appeared the ‘partner’ had taken off with the money. They were able to obtain a judgment against the investor, however without any known assets to collect against, they had nothing. We were able to develop a wealth of information using our talented researchers, locating a substantial amount of assets. Unfortunately for the unscrupulous investor, one of the properties that he thought he had tied up and therefore would not be subject to the judgment wasn’t. We were able to determine the property was free and clear and the client subsequently was able to quickly take action to secure the property. The value of the property was significantly higher than the judgment. Result: our client now has assets worth more than their judgment, enough to fully compensate them for any possible loss. Click here to learn how we can find assets for you. 

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Find People

Case #1

Finding people is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Take for example the mother who hadn’t seen her son in over 10 years. He had left after an argument and completely disappeared without a trace. She hired us to locate him and we did. Result: The best part about this ‘locate’ was that we were able to arrange for him to get a cell phone and call her on Christmas morning. It was, truly, a merry Christmas for the both of them! Click here to learn how we can find a long-lost child. 

Case #2

Other cases involve a more low-key approach such as the case where a daughter had not seen or heard from her mother for several years. Fearful of the worst, she hired us. We did find the mother, but we couldn’t just give her location or invade her privacy either. Our normal practice in these type situations is to locate the person and provide them with the information about who is trying to contact them and then allow them the opportunity to call the client if they want to. That way, if the mother had not wanted to make contact with the daughter, her privacy was maintained. Fortunately in this case we had a good Result: the mother did call the daughter and they were reunited. Click here to learn how we can find a long-lost parent. 

Case #3

Adoption searches can present some of the greatest challenges a private investigator will ever encounter, investigatively and emotionally. Arkansas is pretty limited with their public records access, making these investigations even that much more difficult. One of our recent successful cases involved a young lady who was looking for her brother, both of whom were slit up at a very young age and adopted by different families. Being from a small rural community was a big help to us because there were people in the area who could help provide us with information about the families who use to live in the area resulting in a variety of leads. Within a few days we were able to isolate the probable names of the families that became guardians for both of the children and locate where they lived. The touchy part of this search was the disclosure to the siblings. Both individuals were now adults so we didn’t have to deal with the adoptive parents being involved in the direct contact process, but it turned out that the sibling never knew the real circumstances of his split-up with his sister and had never been told he had a sibling. Our normal practice is to get approval from the found person to reveal that he had been located. (It’s entirely possible that he didn’t want to have any contact with the sister.) Result:  happily reunited siblings who now have a different outlook of their heritage. Click here to learn how we can find a long-lost sibling. 

Case #4

When local police weren’t aggressively trying to locate the daughter of a South American worker, she came to us for help. We were able to discover that the daughter (apparently accompanied by someone else) had withdrawn funds from a bank account. Local police had refused to aggressively check out the strange disappearance of the girl, who school officials said had the mental capability of a 7 year old.  When local officials still declined to conduct an investigation we got a local news channel involved, and after airing several reports we ultimately provided our reports and interviews to the FBI, who opened an investigation. Several months later, we were finally able to locate the daughter in Mexico.  Result: a missing girl was located and now the mother has some peace of mind. Click here to learn how we can find a missing child. 

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Case #5

Another success story! I can't get enough of these type cases. Our client called last week from Kentucky and wanted to find his biological father whom he hasn't seen for over 31 years. The client was adopted when he was 13 and now he is afraid that his biological father may be in ill health and probably doesn't have anyone to care for him. Our set of research tools paid off again! Within a few days we foudn his father, delivered the message that the son would like to meet with his father and had them on the telephone together. The father was elated and commented that he had been looking for the son for years and didn't know how to go about it. Too bad they hadn't heard of Arkansas Investigations before, we could have saved them both some time!

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Fingerprinting Service

We all know we should plan ahead, but sometimes we still procrastinate. When a client called us and explained they had failed to get fingerprints submitted for a visa extension we knew they needed help. Early Saturday morning we met them at the office and processed their fingerprints. They called back the following Wednesday and reported that their visa application had been accepted and the fingerprints passed scrutiny. RESULT: They were happy with the expedited service and grateful for the quality of our product. Click here to learn how we can assist you with your fingerprinting needs. 

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Identity Theft

Our client called from California and reported that her son had met a woman online who she believed had been defrauding him and may have stolen his identity. The son had continually sent her money; for her broken computer that needed replacement, the car that was no longer running that was needed to go to her college classes and for rent when she ‘lost her job’. We conducted surveillance on the woman at her house, on her shopping trips and inside the stores she visited. Then we reported our findings, the son denied our target was his friend, noting that the overweight woman did not match the photographs she had sent to him. Result: no more support for this con with a hard luck story.  Click here to learn how we can assist you when your identity has been stolen. 

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Public Integrity

Case #1

A local police chief was arrested in AR for a variety of charges. The local prosecutor was aware of our expertise in dealing with public integrity investigations and recommended an inventory of the evidence locker of the police department. One of the allegations was that evidence was being misappropriated and not properly managed. We inventoried a total of 1,490 items and found that less than 10 were properly documented or had significant problems with accountability. We testified to our findings and our recommendations at the trial (described by the Judge as the longest criminal trial in Arkansas).  The individuals were convicted of many of the charges; however several have been reversed on appeal. Result: although the issues are still being reviewed, we were proud to be a valuable contributor to the community. Click here to learn how we can assist with public integrity issues.  

Case #2

When a local police chief was fired and allegations were made about police property and evidence being misused and stolen, the mayor asked us to conduct an inventory of the entire department. Over a three-day period we inventoried and accounted for all available property and were able to identify those items that were not found. This permitted the newly appointed chief to have an accurate baseline of property available and a basis for the city to initiate recovery of the missing property. Result: taxpayers had a clear picture of how their taxes were spent and the mayor had a basis for action. Click here to learn how we can assist with public integrity issues. 

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Record Searches

In 1954 an Arkansas resident disappeared and was later found tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition. He was reportedly the owner of a significant amount of land and business holdings, however no one has been able to determine what happened to the land, business or bank accounts. Records of the property at the county courthouse were poorly kept and very hard to trace. Our investigators who have been tracking down that information have so far found about 80% of the information by treading through the dusty basement of the courthouse and reconstructing the records. Result: The client is using the data to support a national network news story. Click here to learn how we can find records you need. 

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Surveillance Services

A soldier in the Middle East called and wanted to find out if his wife was cheating on him. We responded immediately and found that not only was she cheating on him, but she was hosting late night parties at their apartment. We even caught her (on video tape) drinking from a bottle of vodka outside the apartment at 4 am (while their baby was playing in the parking lot).  We were compiling our report to send to the soldier when investigators observed her moving furniture from the apartment into a storage unit and then she moved into her boyfriend’s house. Imagine her surprise when the soldier somehow arranged to empty the storage shed. Result: busted and without any furniture, she lost custody to the grandparents until the soldier returned home. Click here to learn how we can find out if your spouse is cheating on you. 

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Surveillance - GPS

Case #1

Our client said his wife was coming into town late at night so that she could visit her physician early the next morning. He installed a GPS unit on her car and we watched her drive through town and ended up in a nearby town at a local motel. Arriving at the motel we were able to see her boyfriend arrive and walk directly to her room. Several hours later we saw him leave and go back to his wife. She had a difficult time explaining when our client met her in the motel lobby the next morning. Result: another busted cheater. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

Case #2

Concerned that the estranged father of her young daughter would take the child out of the state in violation of a court order, our client rented a GPS from us. Concealed in her child’s luggage, we watched the system continually for the next two weeks. The father complied with the order and never left the local area for the entire visit. Result: a very satisfied mother and a father that had passed his trust test. Click here when you want to know if your ex-spouse is violating any court orders concerning your children.

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Wrongful Death

Our client was convinced that local police had failed to use minimal force when their son was shot by a police sniper. Local police responded to a neighborhood when they received reports that an individual with an automatic rifle was shooting randomly at other houses.  Over 100 bullets were exchanged between police and the suspect, striking cars and other houses in the area. Although the client begged police to use tear gas or to send in a K9, they resorted to the use of a sniper, killing the young man. While our report concluded that other choices may have been more appropriate, the fact is that police were justified in the use of deadly force and the issue has been dropped. Click here to learn how we can help you uncover if there has been a wrongful death. 

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