The first 48 hours following the disappearance of a child are critical in locating the child and bringing him or her home, but they can also be the most stressful and difficult. Take advantage of the information on this checklist to make every effort to locate your missing child within the first 48 hours. However, if your child has been missing for more than 48 hours, you should continue to look into these issues. To help you better understand what you should be doing and why, we’ve included all of the action steps listed here in the Guide. Restriction of entry to your home pending the arrival of law enforcement to gather any evidence Everything in your child’s room or your home should remain undisturbed. Your child may have left clues in his or her personal items, clothing, linens, personal computers, and even trash. Your child’s room is protected and evidence is preserved in the first chapter of this guide. Inquire about the investigator’s name and phone number and keep it in an easily accessible place.