SEARCH & CONTRIBUTION INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIELD CATEGORIES
         
        

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Click a field category below to go to the instructions for inputting data in that field.  Categories are in alphabetical order, left to right.  Instructions for
Contributing are printed in maroon.  Instructions for Searching are printed in navy blue.  When instructions for both contributing and searching are identical, they are printed in navy blue.  Verbatim entry examples are printed in bright blue

The fields in the search form are not case sensitive.  Do not use quotation marks, parentheses or apostrophes when entering info in a field.  Use phrases or words instead of full sentences.  The search format does not support wild cards or "and" and "not" queries.  Simply limit the spelling of the word to as few letters as possible

 

  
Aliases Other Case Numbers Civil Judgment  Criminal History Data Date of Birth Driver's License  Entry Date in Database 
Entry Purpose Event
 MO & YR
 
Eye Color Gender  General Crime Description   Hair  Heaviest  
Keywords  Lightest   Multiple Warrants  Name   NCIC  Number  Oldest   Other DB Associates 
Physical
Characteristics
 
Profession   Race  Region From  Reward  Shortest  Social
Security No. 
States From Security Number Vehicle Warrant Data Youngest
Physical Identity Tips Background Info
 

 

 
INDIVIDUAL FIELD CATEGORIES

 

                  ALIAS FIRST, MIDDLE AND LAST NAME:          Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter every first name, middle name, nick name and last name you know the subject has used.  Include the name you entered in the First, Middle and Last Name categories as these may be aliases.  Use a semicolon and space to separate each entry, e.g., Smith; Jones; and Mary; Beth.
SEARCH:  The Alias Name fields also include the names listed in the First, Middle and Last Name fields as it is possible that the name by which the Contributor knew the subject was actually an alias.  If you are not sure of the subject's name, you will have a better chance of producing results if you search for the name in the Alias fields instead of the First, Middle and Last name fields.

Search for the full name or partial if unsure of spelling.  For example, if unsure of  the spelling of  the last name, input as many of the initial letters that you know to be correct, i.e., CHRISTIANSEN - Not sure of sen or son but are sure of Christian, then input
Christian only.  Results will be displayed of all names containing Christian.  To further narrow the search, do the same with the first name.  If name is Debby and you are not sure if the spelling is Debby or Debbie, input only Deb.  Results will be displayed of all records with first names containing Deb and last names containing Christian.  If not sure whether a name is Mill or Miller, input Mill.  The search will look for a string of exact letters.  If you exceed the string by inputting too many letters, it will not recognize the string. Therefore, both Miller and Mill will be displayed if you input Mill.  But if you input Miller, only Miller will be displayed.  

NAME CHANGE TIPS:  Fugitives will often incorporate a part of their real name in their aliases.  For example, they often will use their real first or middle name as their first name; they may use a part of their last name as their alias, i.e., change Richardson to Richards, Williams to Williamson, etc.
                 BACKGROUND INFORMATION:                 Top
CONTRIBUTE: This is the narrative data that will appear on the Background Page.  It can be viewed by a Searcher on the Background Page, which is accessed by clicking the thumbnail photo in the first field of the database table.  If a photo is provided, it will appear on the Background Page with this information.  The narrative is limited to 300 words or less, preferably in phrases and to the point, e.g., Running from civil judgment for $75,000 from former business partner in construction company; disappeared 07/12/1999 with company equipment and cleaned out bank account; has been seen in MA and RI but quickly disappears when confronted; real name is unknown and has been using this phony name since at least 1990 and is possibly running from a warrant as he is afraid to talk to police face to face; gambles frequently and is a persuasive salesman.  In addition to this information and the photo, the Background Page will also include any contact information provided in the Contributor Data form.  If you do not provide a narrative or photo and your contact information is limited, then it will appear in the Contact Info field - the last field in the Full Database.
                              OTHER CASE NUMBERS                            Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter ID numbers relating to a criminal history record or warrant.. These case numbers include everything except the NCIC Number and Warrant Number, which have designated fields in the database. These case numbers would include Inmate Number, Child Support Case Number, Court Case Number,  File Number, etc. 

First, enter the category,
CRIMINAL HISTORY: or WARRANT:, then enter the full name of the agency and the case number, e.g., CRIMINAL HISTORY: South Carolina Department of Corrections Number: 345623; WARRANT: Tennessee Department of Child Support Enforcement Number: JG348

Check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of the Subject Data form to verify the correct state abbreviation.

If you are inputting case numbers for two separate criminal history records or warrants, number them with  #1 or #2 to correspond with the database number.  Do not include case information of civil judgments in this field.  Enter them in the
Civil Judgment field.
SEARCH:  Search for case ID numbers (other than the NCIC Number or Warrant Number) that relate to a criminal history record or warrant. This might include Inmate Number, Child Support Case Number, Court Case Number,  File Number, etc.  The field will contain the heading of the category, either CRIMINAL HISTORY or WARRANT followed by the full agency name and the case number and the state abbreviation.  If  the subject has more than one warrant or criminal history, the information in this field will be numbered with a (1) or (2) to correspond with the database record.   Civil judgment case numbers do not appear in this field.  Search for them in the Civil Judgment field.

You can also search for cases in specific states by inputting the state abbreviation.  To verify a state abbreviation check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of Section 3 in the query form. 
                    CIVIL JUDGMENT                            Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Include the date of the judgment, plaintiff's name and address, the defendant's name and address, the case number, the county and state where it is recorded, the monetary award and any specific court orders connected with the judgment.   
SEARCH:  Search for the date of the judgment, plaintiff's name and address, the defendant's name and address, the case number, the county and state where it is recorded, the monetary award and any specific court orders connected with the judgment.  The defendant's name will also appear in the Name and Alias Name fields.  The format for the date search is 00/00/0000.  Enter the month, day and year together or separately.    
       CRIME MUNICIPALITY, CONVICTION MO & YR, CRIMINAL CHARGES    Top   
                                             
OTHER WARRANTS AND CRIMINAL HISTORIES  
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter the exact verbiage for the charges as they appear on the warrant.   Enter the month and year of conviction.  At the end of the name of the agency or municipality, enter the state abbreviation even if it is included as part of the municipality's name, e.g., Dallas Police Department - TX; North Carolina State Department of Investigation - NC; Clark County Sheriff - NV.  This will allow Searchers to pull all criminal records in a specific state if they are unsure of the exact municipality. 

Check the "FIND STATE ABBREVIATION" multi-choice form at the top of the Subject Data Section to verify the correct state abbreviation.

Other than the state abbreviation, the only other data that should be abbreviated are the
FBI, USMS (U.S. Marshals Service), BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).  All other agencies should be spelled out with the full name, i.e., U.S. Customs, U.S. Navy.

The criminal charges you submit will be entered in the General Crime Description field under a generic description.  This will enable Searchers to produce your record even if they don't know the exact wording of the charges.  (Click the General Crime Description link at the top of the page to view details.)    

Enter ID numbers relating to the criminal history, such as Inmate Number, Case Number, Court Number, etc. in the Other Case Numbers field.   The NCIC Number and Warrant Number have designated fields.  However, these numbers are not relevant for criminal histories. (Click the Other Case Numbers link at the top of the page for instruction on entering data.)

                             
OTHER WARRANTS AND CRIMINAL HISTORIES FIELD

The
Criminal History field allows the entry of two separate criminal history records for a subject.  If you have more than two criminal history records to enter, enter them in the Other Warrants and Criminal Histories field.  Type the terms CRIMINAL HISTORY, then enter the appropriate data using the same format as the Criminal History field, i.e., Municipality, Charge, Month, Year.  If there is more than one entry, give each record a separate number, e.g., (3) Birmingham Police Department - AL; Receiving or Transferring a Stolen Vehicle; 01/1985; (4) Marin County Sheriff - CA; Larceny; 05/1996.  Include case numbers, inmate numbers, court numbers, etc. after the date.  STRAIGHT SHOOTER will add them to the Other Warrants and Criminal Histories field and number them to correspond with the appropriate criminal history record.
SEARCH:  (Municipality) To search for a crime municipality, enter as much as is known without abbreviations. For example, if you think the municipality is the LA County Sheriff, enter the full name without abbreviating, e.g., Los Angeles County Sheriff.  If you think it is the Chicago PD, enter Chicago Police Department.  If the record is not returned, broaden the search by entering only Los Angeles or Chicago

If you do not know the municipality but do know the state, then enter the state abbreviation only.  This will produce all records with criminal records in that state since the state abbreviation is included at the end of each municipality, e.g.
Los Angeles County Sheriff - CA

To verify a state abbreviation check the "FIND STATE ABBREVIATION" multi-choice form at the top of Section 3 in the query form. 

The only agencies and municipalities in the database that are abbreviated are federal agencies: the U.S. Marshals Service -
USMS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - BATF.  Search using these abbreviations.  For other federal agencies, search using the full name, i.e., U.S. Customs, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Postal Service. View the drop-down menu on the Home page to see which agencies are in the database.

(Month & Year)
Format: 00/0000.   Enter the dates separately or together.

(Charges) This will be the exact wording in the original warrant.

GENERAL CRIME DESCRIPTION

If unsure of the exact wording of the criminal charges, you can search by a generic description of the crime in the General Crime Description field. (Click the General Crime Description link at the top of the page to view details.)

One criminal history record will be displayed in the database results table. Additional criminal history records will appear in the
Other Warrants and Criminal Histories field.  They will be identified with the heading CRIMINAL HISTORIES: followed by the municipality, charges and conviction date. If there is more than one, they will be numbered (2), (3), (4), etc.

Case ID numbers relating to the criminal history, such as Inmate Number, Case Number, Court Number, etc. will appear in the Other Case Numbers field.  The NCIC Number and Warrant Number have designated fields.  However, these numbers are not relevant for criminal histories.

                                                   DOB:                                     Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Format: 00/00/0000.  Enter all the DOB's the subject might use.  Separate each entry with a semicolon and space, e.g., 03/31/1954; 01/31/1954If you don't know the full DOB, enter as much as you know.  Use ? for unknown numbers, e.g., 03/??/1954 or 03/31/????.  This will allow a Searcher to produce the number by inputting only segments of the full date of birth.  In addition and just as important, when a Searcher views this field in the database, they may recognize the segments of the DOB you have included and it may be the information that will confirm an otherwise questionable identity.  
SEARCH:  Format: 00/00/0000. Enter all DOB's the subject might use.  Enter as a full date with month/day/year, individually or in any combination, e.g., month/year; day/year; month/day or just month or day or year.  If you know that the day had an 8 in it but you are not sure whether it's the 8th, 18th or 28th, enter only 8.  All records with 8 in the month will be returned.  Do the same for the month and year when unsure. For example, if unsure what year in the 1950's, enter only 5 in the year field, but you may still enter the month and day.  This will produce all birth dates in the 1950's with this month and day.  If you know the exact date, enter the full format of 08, 18, or 28, etc.
 
                               DRIVER'S LICENSE:                         Top
CONTRIBUTE: This information can only be provided if there is an outstanding warrant.  Enter state abbreviation, a dash, then the number, e.g., NV-J2349605; TN-4586943. Verify the state abbreviation by checking the multi-choice form "FIND STATE" at the top of the form. 
SEARCH: Enter the state abbreviation and/or license number either singularly or combined, e.g., NV-J2349605 or NV or J2349605.  If only a portion of the number is known or you suspect the Contributor may not know the full number, enter any adjacent portion of the license number, e.g., J234 or 605, etc.  There is no limit to the amount of numbers entered.  Verify the state abbreviation by checking the multi-choice form "FIND STATE" at the top of Section 3 in the query form.
                      ENTRY DATE IN DATABASE:                  Top
SEARCH:  The date the subject was first entered in the STRAIGHT SHOOTER database or the date of the most recent revisions to the entry.  The search will return all subjects entered or revised in the database on and subsequent to the date selected in the drop-down form. The dates in the form reflect the day the database was updated during a particular week.  All dates are on the Friday of the week.  Updates are shown weekly for the past six months.  After six months, the updates are shown by month only.
                              ENTRY PURPOSE:                            Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter your reason for submitting this subject to the database.  If the entry purpose is for an outstanding warrant, select Warrant, then enter the exact charges on the warrant in the Warrant Charge field.  STRAIGHT SHOOTER will enter the General Crime Description for the warrant in the General Crime Description field. If the entry purpose is for Criminal History, enter the exact charge for which the subject was incarcerated in the Criminal Charge field.  STRAIGHT SHOOTER will enter the General Crime Description for the crime in the Keywords field. 
SEARCH: If the subject has an outstanding warrant, the entry purpose will be Warrant.  If there is no outstanding warrant but the subject has an incarceration record, the entry purpose will be Criminal History.  A subject may been entered for more than one reason, i.e., Civil Judgment and Criminal; Missing Person and Child Support Court Order, etc.
                        EVENT MONTH & YEAR:                  Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter the month and year that the event occurred which prompted your database entry.  For example, if it is a murder, enter the date of the murder, not the date of the warrant.  If it is a civil case for fraud, etc., enter the date that you discovered the fraud or theft, not the date of the court filing or the judgment.  This is because if the subject discusses the event with anyone, the reference date will almost certainly be the actual time of the event.
SEARCH:  If you have a general idea of when an event occurred, enter the month and year either together or separately.  This is not necessarily the date of the warrant.  If, for example, you overheard someone saying they "ripped off" their employer last May, you would input 05 and 2000 in these fields.  It is possible that this person does not have an arrest warrant because the employer may not have been able to prove it, but the employer may have a civil judgment or the police may be seeking this person for questioning.
                          EYE COLOR:                           Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter only if you are certain.  Don't guess.  If the subject wears glasses or contact lens, enter here.  
SEARCH: If the eye color is listed in the database, the Contributor is certain of the color.  However, don't limit the search by this feature as it can be subjective or the subject may be wearing colored contacts.  Search here for glasses and contact lens.
                              GENDER:                               Top
CONTRIBUTE: If for any reason you are not sure of the gender, enter both.  This could be possible if the subject was wearing a disguise during a robbery.
SEARCH: If you are not sure, search all criteria with one gender, then the other.
                                      
            GENERAL CRIME DESCRIPTION          Top
CONTRIBUTE:  This field will be provided by STRAIGHT SHOOTER when your entry is published in the database. It will reflect the generic description of the charges that appear in the Warrant Charges and Criminal Charges fields.  This field allows a Searcher to find all records relating to a crime category even if the exact wording on the warrant is unknown.  View the categories in the General Crime Description list below in the Search instructions. 
SEARCH:  Because the Criminal Charges and Warrant Charges fields contain the exact wording that appears in the warrants, results will be produced only if a Searcher knows what that wording is. The General Crime Description field is provided to bypass this problem. This field lists generic descriptions for crimes that enable a Searcher to produce any charges listed in a warrant or in a criminal history regardless of the terminology used.  

Click View List in the General Crime Description field on the search Page to view this list of crime categories: The crime categories on the left represent the general  category for the charges; the capitalized crime list on the right is the STRAIGHT SHOOTER generic description to be selected in the drop-down form in the General Crime Description field on the search page.   

For example, if the search is for Murder or Homicide or Manslaughter, the generic description, MURDER, should be selected in the General Crime Description search field.  The records of all subject with murder-related charges will be returned.  If the charge being searched is Theft or Robbery or Armed Robbery or Burglary, the generic description, THEFT, should be selected to return all subjects with theft-related charges.  For all drug-related charges,  DRUGS would be selected in the form.

                                 HAIR:                                  Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter the color or colors that you knew the subject wore.  If the subject told you they dyed their hair recently, input both colors, if known.  If their hair style is distinctive, such as pony tail, long hair for a man, shaved head, enter this as it indicates a preferred style which may eventually be resumed by the subject after a period of disguise.
SEARCH: Although a subject can dye his or her hair, most do not.  If the subject is accustomed to wearing long hair or a pony tail, they will typically return to their preferred style after a period of time.  Check these features, but don't limit the search to these features as it is possible that a temporary disguise is being used by the subject.
                            KEYWORDS:                          Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter words and phrases that describe unique characteristics about the subject, e.g., favorite sayings, habits, pets, hobbies, college attended, fears and phobias, likes and dislikes, cities of origin, specific words describing a previous incident involving the subject that might signal a connection, etc. (Your imagination is the only limitation here.) 

If there is more than one entry, separate each with a semicolon and space, e.g.,
Favorite saying: Know what I mean; Hobbies: video games; basketball; reading; Smokes cigarettes; Gambles; Claims to be former Navy Seal; Says he lived in South America; Afraid to fly; Loves chocolate. 

Abbreviate the names of all states but do not abbreviate any other words. Check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of the Subject Data form to verify the correct state abbreviation. Do not use quotation marks or parentheses.  Limit the description to as few words as possible.  The search is not case sensitive but capital letters are appropriate for beginning categories as they will emphasize the heading.  

Try to imagine how a Searcher would describe this person and use those words.  Don't be too descriptive and don't use unknown words.  (It is recommended that you read the SEARCH instructions below to see how a Searcher may look for these keywords.  It is also helpful to check this field in the database for other subjects to see how their Contributors entered information here.) 
SEARCH: Begin with a general search using one keyword at a time.  Select something that is an obvious association with the subject.  For example, if it is common knowledge that he or she gambles excessively, enter: gamble. If no results are produced, try words connected with gambling, e.g., Las Vegas; poker, etc.  The Contributor may have entered a description such as frequents Las Vegas; hangs out at casinos. Since you know the subject will eventually reveal their gambling habit to associates, this is the type of description that is likely to appear in the database.  

Stretch your imagination so that you can be sure you are searching for any and everything you know about the subject.  For example: Did the subject have favorite sayings?  Someone who says, "Know what I mean?" every other paragraph usually makes an impression on people.  Ask someone if they knew a man who loved to say, "Know what I mean?" and you'll probably get the response: "Oh, yeah, I remember him.  He was always saying that."  What about favorite foods?  Did the subject love to eat peanuts or a particular type of candy?  This is the kind of behavior that doesn't usually change.  Did the subject smoke?  If so, what brand?  Did the subject have hobbies?  Did the subject talk about his or her past?  Even if the stories were not true, he may have told other people the same stories.  Did the subject have a pet?  

You imagination is virtually the only limitation to this field. (It is recommended that you read the CONTRIBUTE instructions above to see how a Contributor may have entered information.  It is also helpful to check this field in the database for several unrelated subjects to see how Contributors actually entered information.)

The only words abbreviated in this field are the names of states.  To search for a state name, enter the abbreviation.  To verify a state abbreviation check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of Section 3 in the query form. 

QUERY FORMAT: If you use a word that can be shortened, such as gambles, it is best to use the shorter version.  If the Contributor entered the word gamble and you enter gambles, the search will not be successful because your entry exceeds the string.  (In other words, there are more letters in your word than in the Contributor's word.)  However, if you enter gamble and the Contributor entered gambles, the search will be successful because gamble is contained inside the string. 
                          LIGHTEST & HEAVIEST:                      Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter the least and most the subject would be expected to weigh at any given time.  A Searcher will enter a range for weight which will produce all records with weights between these two numbers.  Take this into consideration when entering the weight amount.  It is best to try and be as accurate as possible since the Searcher will expand the range in order cover lesser and greater weights.  If you arbitrarily expand the range, the Searcher may not expand it as far as you did and your subject will not be produced.  If you believe the subject may have gained or lost a considerable amount of weight before you met them, put this information in the Physical Characteristics field using Weight as the heading, e.g., Weight: Has been as low as 150 pounds; Weight: Has been as high as 200 pounds, etc.  Since it is possible that the subject's weight may have returned to a previous level, this will alert a Searcher that the person they know may be your subject even if the weight is considerably different from what is shown in the weight field.  
SEARCH:  Enter the least and most the subject would be expected to weigh at any given time.  If the subject had recently gained or lost weight when you knew them, their weight may have returned to the original poundage.  Take this into consideration when entering the numbers.  The results will produce all subjects with weights between these two numbers.  Check Physical Description to make sure that the Contributor doesn't have information concerning possible weight loss or gain.  This information will appear following the heading, Weight.  If this information is unknown, a 0 will be displayed.
 
                           MULTIPLE WARRANTS:                     Top 
CONTRIBUTE:  This is a yes or no category.  All required information must be provided for all warrants.
                      FIRST, MIDDLE AND LAST NAME:                 Top  
SEARCH:   The names in these fields are also included in the Alias Name fields as it is possible that the name by which the Contributor knew the subject was actually an alias.  If you are not sure of the subject's name, you will have a better chance of producing results if you search for the name in the Alias fields instead of the First, Middle and Last name fields.

If unsure of spelling of last name, input as many of the initial letters that you know to be correct, i.e., CHRISTIANSEN - Not sure of sen or son but are sure of Christian, then input Christian only.  Results will be displayed of all names containing Christian.  To further narrow the search, do the same with the first name.  If name is Debby and you are not sure if the spelling is Debby or Debbie, input only Deb.  Results will be displayed of all records with first names containing Deb and last names containing Christian. 

If not sure whether a name is Mill or Miller, input Mill.  The search will look for a string of exact letters.  If you exceed the string by inputting too many letters, it will not recognize the string. Therefore, both Miller and Mill will be displayed if you input Mill.  But if you input Miller,
only Miller will be displayed.  
                              NCIC NUMBER:                                Top
CONTRIBUTE & SEARCH: The subject's FBI National Crime Identification Center Number.  
                       OTHER DATABASE ASSOCIATES:               Top 
CONTRIBUTE:  If the subject is traveling with others who might be identifiable, enter them in the database just as you did the subject.  However, before you enter them, you will want to put information about them in this field while you are entering the subject.  When a Searcher views this field, it will show the STRAIGHT SHOOTER ID Number for these other database subjects associated with your subject. 

However, since the ID Number is assigned by STRAIGHT SHOOTER after your Contribution is submitted, you will need to provide information on the other database subjects that will enable STRAIGHT SHOOTER to identify them.  This descriptive information will then be replaced by the ID Number when the subject is published on the web.   

Enter this descriptive information as follows:  Enter first and last names together, a dash and the connection between the two subjects.  If there is more than one associated database subject, separate them with a space and semicolon, i.e.,
Tom Smith - Accomplice; Beth Jones - Kidnap victim.  If the associated database subject does not have a name, enter any identifiable data that will describe the person, e.g., Male, born 1950-1954, from NV, UT, AZ, red hair, 5' 6"-5' 8", entered on 03/05/2000 by (your password).

To enter another nameless associate, end the first entry with a semicolon and then describe the second associate just as you did the first.

After you have completed entering your subject, begin at the top of the entry form enter information about yourself and the new database subject just as you did for the first subject.  For the
Other Database Associates field, enter the subject in the same manner that you entered the associates in the subject's database entry.  Enter either the subject's name or general description as shown above if you don't know the person's name.  
SEARCH: Check this field to see if there are others in the database associated with a subject.  It is possible that several database subjects are traveling together or one of the subjects has kidnapped another.  Enter the STRAIGHT SHOOTER ID Number for the associate in the blue form at the top of the search page to view the database record. 
                  PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:                  Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter all physical traits that distinguish a person from others, including personality traits.  Examples: Unusual speech traits, accents, tattoos, handicaps, unusual hair style, birthmarks, scars, unusual walk, unusual behaviors, distinguishing personality traits, languages spoken, unusual clothing preferences, etc.  

Think of this category as a way of describing someone you talked to alone once for several hours on a sidewalk in a strange town with no one else around - no pets, no cars, nothing attached to the person that would set them apart other than their person and their clothes. If you were asked a few days later to describe this person, how would you do it?  Were they extremely extroverted; introverted; loud; soft-spoken; overbearing; extremely polite; highly intelligent; highly educated; have an accent; dressed in odd clothing, have a limp; have noticeable scars or tattoos, etc. 

Separate each entry with a space and semicolon, e.g.,
speech impediment; missing two front teeth; limps on left foot. If you think a Searcher might not use the phrase, "quick-witted," then also enter humorous or funny
- common words that most people would use. 
SCARS, TATTOOS, MOLES, BIRTHMARKS

Enter as much information on a tattoo, scar, birthmark, mole, etc. as is available. Include description of the tattoo, i.e., heart, dragon, Mother, heart with dagger through it, etc.  Be specific on body location, if known.  When the record is published in the database, it will appear in the following format: description-feature-location, e.g., Parrot-tattoo-chest; knife-scar-armMore specific body locations will appear as follows:  knife-scar-arm-R; knife-scar-arm-L, knife-scar-arm-R-forearm; rose-tattoo-leg-L-calf.  Scars and tattoos are searchable in individual forms.  Birthmarks, moles, freckles, etc. are searchable in the Physical Characteristics form.

SEARCH: 
SCARS, TATTOOS, MOLES,  BIRTHMARKS

Search for tattoos and scars in their respective forms by selecting the body location.  For example, search for a heart-shaped tattoo on a back by entering heart in the Description form and back in the Tattoo form.  Search for a burn scar on a left arm by entering burn in the Description form and arm-L in the Scar form. You can search for a body part by itself or you can search with L or R, if listed, to narrow the search. 

Search for moles, birthmarks, freckles, etc. in the
Physical Characteristics form. Enter the feature followed by a dash and the location, e.g., freckles-face; birthmark-cheek; mole-neck.

The search results for all these features will be displayed in the following format:: description-feature-location, e.g., Parrot-tattoo-chest; knife-scar-arm.  A more detailed description will follow the location, e.g., knife-scar-arm-R; knife-scar-arm-L; and more details on the location will follow the last entry: knife-scar-arm-R-forearm; rose-tattoo-leg-L-calf. 

Tip:
The database will not recognize an apostrophe (').  If you are searching for a tattoo description that reads, I'm for real, enter only the words for real.
  

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Think of this category as a way of describing someone you talked to alone once for several hours on a sidewalk in a strange town with no one else around - no pets, no cars, nothing attached to the person that would set them apart other than their person and their clothes. If you were asked a few days later to describe this person, how would you do it?  Were they extremely extroverted; introverted; loud; soft-spoken; overbearing; extremely polite; highly intelligent; highly educated; have an accent; dressed in odd clothing, have a limp; have noticeable scars or tattoos, etc. 

Start with a phrase, e.g.,
missing two front teeth.  If no results, reduce to missing front teeth.  If no results, just enter teeth because it is likely that such an unusual characteristic would be input by a Contributor and the word "teeth" would certainly be part of the description.  Was the subject quiet and introverted?  Enter quiet, then introverted.  If no results and you can't think of another way of describing this characteristic, move on to another characteristic.  Where they humorous?  Input humorous, then try funny or quick-witted.  If no results, move on to another characteristic.  
                                     

DISGUISES

When searching for a subject, keep in mind that men may grow a beard or mustache or shave off previous facial hair growth or they may let their hair grow or shave it off.  However, basic facial characteristics won't change.  When trying to identify someone, look carefully at the shape of the face, eyebrows, eyes, mouth, nose, chin region, ears and distinct or prominent head features.  Go to Physical Identity Tips for detailed suggestions.

                                    PROFESSION:                                 Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter words or phrases that reflect jobs the subject might hold.  Separate each individual profession by a semicolon and space, e.g., electrician; handyman; contractor. The search is not case sensitive but it makes it easier to read if capital letters are used where appropriate.  If a profession is commonly described in several ways, enter them all, e.g., doctor; physician; or attorney; lawyer.  If there are specialties in a profession that fit the subject, enter those also, e.g., doctor; physician; gynecologist.  Don't combine jobs, e.g., carpet cleaner and installer Enter separately carpet cleaner then carpet installer
SEARCH: Enter one job skill or profession at a time, e.g., electrician then handyman then contractor.  Don't combine jobs, i.e., carpet cleaner and installer.  Enter separately carpet cleaner then carpet installer. If no results are produced, try carpet as the Contributor may have entered something like carpet layer.  If a profession is commonly described in several ways, enter them all, e.g., doctor then physician; attorney then lawyer.  If the profession has specialties that fit the subject, try those also, e.g., doctor then physician then podiatrist.
                                    RACE:                                    Top 
CONTRIBUTE: If subject could pass for several races, enter them all.
SEARCH: Some Contributors enter a Hispanic subject as Caucasian. Try both if subject is Hispanic.  If subject is mixed, try all genetic mixes.      
  
                              REGION FROM:                          Top
CONTRIBUTE & SEARCH:  Area most associated with the subject, including other countries.  If subject was born in another country where family and friends sill live, enter that country here.  
                                  REWARD:                                  Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter the number 0 for subjects without rewards.  If the subject has an unspecified reward, enter the number 1.  If the reward is specified, enter it without a dollar sign or comma. Round upward to nearest dollar.  Do not use decimals, e.g., 500 or 1000 or 10000 
SEARCH: To limit your search to subjects with rewards equal to or above a specified amount, enter that amount in the form.  Don't use dollar signs or commas, e.g., 500 or 1000. 
                            SHORTEST & TALLEST:                       Top
CONTRIBUTE & SEARCH: Enter the shortest and tallest possible height of the subject.  If this information is unknown, a 0 will be displayed.
                                 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER                      Top
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter all the Social Security Numbers that you know the subject uses.  Use hyphens. Separate each entry with a semicolon and space, e.g., 123-45-6789; 101-112-1314. If you only have a partial, enter it using the same format but include ? for the unknown numbers: 123-??-0?46.  This will allow a Searcher to produce the number by inputting only segments of the full number.  In addition and, just as important, when a Searcher views this field in the database, they may recognize the segments of the social you have included and it may be the information that will confirm an otherwise questionable identity.  
SEARCH: Enter all Social Security Numbers you think the subject might use.  If unsuccessful and you believe the subject changes or transposes numbers, enter only adjacent segments of the number, e.g., for Social Security # 123-45-6789, you could enter 123 or 23 or 678, etc.
                                     STATES FROM:                                  Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter every state that could possibly be associated with the subject, including place of birth, former residences, possible hideouts. This is the only field that does not use state abbreviations.  ..
SEARCH: Enter one state at a time.  This is the only field that does not use state abbreviations. 
                                      VEHICLE DESCRIPTION                                   Top
CONTRIBUTE: Enter the description of a vehicle driven by the subject in the Vehicle Description field. Enter a plate number and/or VIN in the Plate/VIN field.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTIONEnter as much information as is available, including year, color, make, model.  The search results will be displayed in the following format: 1995-white-Nissan-truck; 1996-red-Mazda-Miata; 1992-black-Mitsubishi-Eclipse. (It is not necessary to include the dashes in your entry.) Enter all information even if only minimal details are known. The search results will be displayed in the following format: red-car; blue-truck; gray-van; green-motorcycle.  

Detailed information, such as a broken headlight or bent fender will appear in the search results at the end of the string, e.g., 
1995-white-Nissan-truck-bent front fender; Green-truck-beat up-bumper sticker Contractors Build Confidence on rear bumper. 

PLATE:  Enter the state abbreviation, a dash, then the number, e.g., GA-MUG123; CA-34JKW45.  The state is always abbreviated in this field.  For unknown numbers, enter a ?, e.g., GA-?UG12?.

Check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of the Subject Data form to verify state abbreviation. 


VIN: If only a portion of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is known, enter a ? for the unknown numbers, e.g.,  1GCHJ3???D8274590.
Enter the description of a vehicle driven by the subject in the Vehicle Description field. Enter a plate number and/or VIN in the Plate/VIN field.
SEARCH: Search for vehicle description, plate number or VIN.

 
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION

Search for the Year, Color, Make and Model in the respective search forms.  The search results will be returned in the following format: 1992-black-Mitsubishi-Eclipse 

Search for additional information on the vehicle in the Other form. This would be details such as the number of doors, a bent fender, broken headlight, etc.  This information will appear in the search results after the model, e.g.,
red-Ford-Pinto-four door; 1995-white-Nissan-truck-bent front fender. 

You can be specific or general. For example, if you know the truck had a bumper sticker reading, "Contractors Build Confidence," you could enter this or part of this phrase.  If a Contributor had entered, for example:
Green-truck-beat up-bumper sticker Contractors Build Confidence on rear bumper, your search would be successful. 

PLATE & VIN

Enter either the complete license plate number or any adjacent segment of the number.  Enter the complete VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) or any adjacent segment of the number.  It is not necessary to identify whether you are searching for a plate or VIN.  If either is in the subject's database record, it will be identified with the heading VIN or PLATE. 

For example, if a plate is MUG123, entry could be
MU or 123 or the complete plate, etc.  If a VIN  is 1GEJF35L9H7815878, entry could be L9H or 5878, or the complete VIN, etc

If only the state is known, enter the state abbreviation.  All plates in that state will be returned. 

To verify a state abbreviation check the "FIND STATE" multi-choice form at the top of Section 3 in the query form.   

        WARRANT NUMBER, MUNICIPALITY, MO, YR, CHARGE:     Top
OTHER WARRANTS AND CRIMINAL HISTORIES
CONTRIBUTE:  Enter the exact verbiage for the charges as they appear on the warrant.  At the end of the name of the agency or municipality, enter the state abbreviation even if it is included as part of the municipality's name, e.g., Dallas Police Department - TX; North Carolina State Department of Investigation - NC; Clark County Sheriff - NV.  This will allow Searchers to pull all warrants in a specific state if they are unsure of the exact municipality. 

Check the "FIND STATE ABBREVIATION" multi-choice form at the top of the Subject Data form to verify the correct state abbreviation.

Other than the state abbreviation, the only entries in this field that should be abbreviated are the
FBI, USMS (U.S. Marshals Service), BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).  All other agencies should be spelled out with the full name, i.e., U.S. Customs, U.S. Navy.
 
The warrant charges you submit will be entered in the General Crime Description field under a generic description.  This will enable Searchers to produce your record even if they don't know the exact wording of the charges.  (Click the General Crime Description link at the top of the page for instructions on entering data.)    

Enter case ID numbers (other than NCIC Number and Warrant Number) relating to a warrant, such as Inmate Number, Child Support Case Number, Court Number, etc. in the Other Case Numbers field.  Go to that field for instructions on entering data. (Click the Other Case Numbers link at the top of the page to view details.)   
 
OTHER WARRANTS AND CRIMINAL HISTORIES 

The Warrant field allows the entry of two separate warrants for a subject.  If you have more than two warrants to enter, enter them in the Other Warrants and Criminal Histories field.  Type the term, WARRANT, then enter the appropriate data using the same format as the Warrant field, i.e., Municipality, Charge, Month, Year.  If there is more than one entry, give each record a separate number, e.g., (3) Birmingham Police Department - AL; Receiving or Transferring a Stolen Vehicle; 01/1985; (4) Marin County Sheriff - CA; Larceny; 05/1996.  Include case numbers, inmate numbers, court numbers, etc. after the date.  These numbers will be transferred to the Other Case Numbers field and numbered to correspond to the respective warrant.

SEARCH:  (Municipality)  To search for a warrant municipality, enter as much as is known without abbreviations. For example, if you think the municipality is the LA County Sheriff, enter the full name without abbreviating but include the state abbreviation at the end, e.g., Los Angeles County Sheriff .  If you think it is the Chicago PD, enter Chicago Police Department.  If the record is not returned, broaden the search by entering only Los Angeles or Chicago

If you do not know the municipality but do know the state, then enter the state abbreviation only.  This will produce all records with criminal records in that state since the state abbreviation is included at the end of each municipality, e.g.
Los Angeles County Sheriff - CA

To verify a state abbreviation check the "FIND STATE ABBREVIATION" multi-choice form at the top of Section 3 in the query form. 

The only agencies and municipalities in the database that are abbreviated are federal agencies: the U.S. Marshals Service -
USMS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - BATF.  Search using these abbreviations.  For other federal agencies, search using the full name, i.e., U.S. Customs, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Postal Service. View the drop-down menu on the Home page to see which agencies are in the database.

(Month & Year) Format: 00/0000.   Enter the dates separately or together.

(Charges) This will be the exact wording in the original warrant.

GENERAL CRIME DESCRIPTION

If unsure of the exact wording of the criminal charges, you can search by a generic description of the crime in the General Crime Description field.  (Click the General Crime Description link at the top of the page to view details.)

Up to two separate warrants will be displayed in the database results table. Additional warrants will appear in the
Other Warrants and Criminal Histories field.  They will be identified with the heading WARRANTS: followed by the municipality, charges, warrant date and warrant number.  If there is more than one additional warrant, they will be numbered  (3), (4), etc.

Case ID numbers relating to the warrant (other than NCIC Number and Warrant Number which have designated fields) will appear in the Other Case Numbers field.  This would include Inmate Number, Case Number, Court Number, Child Support Case Number, etc. 

 
               YOUNGEST & OLDEST:                  Top 
CONTRIBUTE & SEARCH: Enter the earliest and latest possible year of birth.  For example, if the subject is between 30 - 33, enter 1969 as the Oldest year and 1972 as the Youngest year.  The results will produce all subjects born between these two years.  If uncertain of an exact age, expand the search a few years on each end to make sure you are covering the full range.  If this information is unknown, a 0 will be displayed.