From the desk of Advocate Kym Pasqualini
Thomas Lauth, a twenty-year veteran PI and owner of Lauth Investigations International, is one private investigator who stands out in the crowd.
Lauth founded the Indianapolis-based private investigation firm, Lauth Investigations International (LII), in 1995, expanding over the years with offices in Miami, Florida and Boulder, Colorado.
Lauth received a B.A. in Political Science at Indiana State University and went on to receive extensive law enforcement training and continuing legal education to include criminal defense and death penalty cases, forensic pathology, missing person investigations, death investigations, human trafficking, child abduction, evidentiary and various crime scene methods. No mistake, Lauth has a yearning for learning but this quality has certainly contributed to making him a knowledgeable, top-notch private investigator.
Early in Lauth’s career, he became Senior Criminal Investigator for the Marion County Public Defender Agency, representing indigent defendants conducting comprehensive criminal investigations. Lauth went on to pursue his dream of becoming a Sherlock Homes of sorts, and continues to work cooperatively with local, state and federal law enforcement to include INTERPOL, the FBI, the U.S. State Department and foreign embassies while pursuing leads in investigations. Lauth also serves as a Referral Investigator for attorneys, defendants, insurance companies, and the public.
Some investigations have taken Lauth to the seedy and very dangerous underground worlds of art thieves, pimps, and child sex slavery to the corporate ladder of fraud and embezzlement.
I met Lauth nearly twenty years ago while CEO of the Nation’s Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA), from 1994-2010. Our initial meeting was at a two-day conference in San Diego presented by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP), with nonprofit agencies and advocates for missing children throughout the country in attendance.
During my tenure at NCMA, Tom provided hundreds of families of missing persons with pro bono and reduced cost services they would not have received otherwise and lessened the frustration for families when cases would stall or go cold. Over the years, those of us at NCMA shed some tears of sorrow but also celebrated many reunifications of missing persons and their families, and it could not have occurred without Tom’s help. For that, we are forever grateful.
Moving forward two decades, Tom continues to work on missing person cases and has sponsored the Missing Person Advocacy Network (MPAN), providing a website where the stories of missing persons can continue to be told in an effort to raise awareness for missing persons.
In the last several years, I have had the opportunity to learn more about private investigation techniques alongside an individual who I consider a mentor. With a team of private investigators, Lauth specializes in investigations for attorney, corporations, and private individuals throughout the country. In fact, many investigations have even taken Lauth overseas to work on international investigations.
To take their vision one-step further, Tom and Rain created the Unclaimed Assets Division of LII. Many might be surprised that there is as much as $58 billion in unclaimed assets held indefinitely by state government. By law, every state in the U.S. must protect and hold unclaimed assets until the rightful owner or heir is located. Unclaimed assets can include checking or savings accounts, safe deposit boxes, utility deposits, insurance policies, stocks, trust distributions and more. The problem is, governmental agencies do not have the resources available to effectively and efficiently locate rightful owners, as reflected by the billions that sit idle.
Two years ago, Tom and Rain began to focus on how they could utilize their investigative experience to benefit the community and created a new mission at LII, that of “rightfully returning assets to owners and their heirs”. In two years, Lauth’s team has returned over $30 million dollars to rightful owners. The successes and letter of gratitude from those they have helped has not been without sweat, tears, and trial and error but they never abandoned their mission.
As a business leader and private investigator, it’s not difficult to see why Lauth stands out in the crowd. Lauth believes that success in business is not only making a profit but also setting an example and fulfilling a commitment to supporting one’s community. By focusing on unclaimed assets as an area of service that benefits the public while still enabling LII to grow and profit. With a success rate of 85% in cases of missing children and adults, Lauth continues to bring closure to desperate families across the country.
Thomas Lauth in Media
- Mom Seeks Answers in Daughter’s Disappearance, Christine Lindsey Walters
- Activists call for dedicated missing persons unit, Cleveland, Ohio
- Most missing adult cases unsolved, Cape Cod Times
- The search for Adji entering a new venue — the Internet, Naples Daily News
- The National Center for Missing Adults Funding Was Slashed by the Feds, but Volunteers Are Keeping It Alive, Pheonix New Times
- LAPD, family both trying to find man missing 4 1/2 years, Daily News, Los Angeles, CA
- Is Olisa Williams still alive?, The Ann Arbor News
- Missing adults an epidemic
- Refusing To Give Up, National Post
- This Small report is intended to encourage all parents who have or had to experience a child kidnapping through a family member
- Discovery of body leaves community ‘numb, The Fayetteville Observer
- Toronto police & shake the tree in Mariam Makhniashvili disappearance, Posted Toronto, Canada