North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 28C. Estates of Missing Persons § 28C-9. Search for absentee

The judge shall by order direct the receiver to make a search for the absentee.  The order shall specify the manner in which the search is to be conducted in order to insure that, in the light of the circumstances of the particular case, a diligent and reasonable effort be made to locate the absentee.  The order may prescribe any methods of search deemed advisable by the judge, but must require, as a minimum, the following:

(1) Inquiry of persons at the absentee's home, his last known residence, the place where he was last known to have been, and other places where information would likely be obtained or where the absentee would likely have gone;

(2) Inquiry of relatives, friends and associates of the absentee, or other persons who should be most likely to hear from or of him;

(3) Insertion of a notice in one or more appropriate papers, periodicals or other news media, requesting information from any person having knowledge of the absentee's whereabouts;  and

(4) Notification of local, state and national offices which should be most likely to know or learn of the absentee's whereabouts.

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