How to find someone who moved recently?
March 7, 2007 8:49 PM Subscribe
Our landlords-to-be have moved out of state, and didn't give us a forwarding address---how do we find them?
posted by FlyingMonkey to human relations (16 answers total)
In late January, my partner and I signed a lease for a house across town here in Pittsburgh, to move in in April. The owners---a couple in their 50s or so---told us at the time that they'd be moving to land they bought recently in West Virginia, about March 1.
We've been out of town this weekend on vacation, but haven't received any voice mails or e-mail, and don't appear to have received any mail from them. This evening, my partner tried to call them to arrange for the key transfer and so on---and their phone has been disconnected.
We're not out a whole lot of money if they have disappeared---only a $250 deposit. However, we sincerely believe that they simply forgot to give us their new address and phone number. But how do we get it now?
I've tried searching on Google and Whitepages.com for both their names---his is so uncommon that the only Google results for his name as a phrase are links to Vioxx settlement papers, and there isn't a single person listed in Whitepages.com with his name in the entire state of West Virginia. And his wife shares a name with a fairly prominent local philanthropist (and, somewhat ironically, a major local real-estate agency).
Is there going to be any way to find these people, short of a private investigator? If we try calling the local utility companies, will they be willing/able to give us their forwarding address? How would you go about trying to find someone who just moved?