As any detective can tell you, investigating missing property or deaths is comparatively easy compared to elusive missing people. However in New York City, there is a special unit of the FBI that is designed to find them. Using the vast resources of their bureau, the team, lead by Agent Jack Malone, race against time in the tight 72 hour window after a disappearance while hope for a recovery is still typically possible. Written by
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The original title of the show was "Vanished", but when CBS opted to pick it up the title was changed to "Without a Trace". See more
Since the inception of the agency, FBI agents travel in pairs when interview subjects. This is both to have a witness to the interview as well as for protection in case unexpected things occur.
Multiple times during the show, single agents are shown talking with subjects alone, even in their homes or places unfamiliar to the agents. See more
Martin, why don't you just ask me what you wanna ask me? Go.
Look, I know you don't drink...
Yes. I'm an alcoholic. I haven't had a drink in 7 years, 3 months and 18 days.
Good for you.
And not a day goes by when I'm not dying to have a drink, which is why I go to meetings twice a week. You got it?
Amongst the opening credits, for a brief moment the words "Amber Alert" are flashed on the screen. The Amber Alert system was formally inaugurated in the state of California, July 31, 2002. It drew both national and international recognition in its success in aiding authorities in their search for abducted children. In less than one year, the California Amber Alert system has been credited with aiding in the rescue of over a dozen children. The intial system was formulated in Texas in 1996, and is named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped and murdered. As of April 10, 2003 a bill creating a national Amber Alert system has passed in the House of Representitives, and unanimously approved in the Senate. "Without A Trace" (2002) aired its first episode shortly after a summer littered with nationally covered child kidnappings including the famous Elizabeth Smart abduction. The show aired Elizabeth's profile following its November 21, 2002 episode, In Extrimis. All Profiles are chosen by the FBI, not the show's producers. See more
Written and Performed by David Berkeley See more