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About We Help The Missing

We Help the Missing, Inc. is a domestic 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. We are comprised of a team of private investigators and citizens who selflessly dedicate themselves to investigating and locating missing persons, recover human trafficking victims, and advocate for missing indigenous persons.  It makes no difference the age of the loved one or how long they have been missing. We strive to offer support to the families who are going through this difficult time.


Who We Are

Our team is comprised of compassionate, dedicated persons, with many years of experience in the missing persons arena.  We have a full range of qualifications.

Our mission is to help locate missing persons and to support, guide, give comfort and hope to the families through this most difficult time and beyond.

We fully understand the pain these families go through when a loved one is missing and are very aware of the imminent dangers that a missing person may encounter.  Time is of the essence.  It is our belief that there is nothing worse than living in the "void of the unknown" and not knowing where to turn.  

We commit ourselves to providing every resource in our reach to help.    


Our Team


Marki Davis  - President/CEO/Founder

Marki, a Private Investigator, has a background in Criminal Justice and in 2010 she attended the academy to become the Utah victim's advocate for the US Department of Justice's NamUs program.  She is certified in Listening for Understanding, Crisis Management, and the University of North Texas' Missing Persons Protocol. Marki has been dedicated to helping find missing persons since 2005.  She has a strong compassion for the missing and unidentified. She has been on the board of directors of two previous missing persons organizations. This compassion extends to the families of the missing and to raising awareness through advocating for the missing   Marki has assisted law enforcement on many active and cold cases. Marki also specializes in Criminal Defense Investigations and insurance fraud.  She has also taken courses involving prevention of human trafficking.  


Amanda Rawlings - Vice president

Amanda is a passionate soul dedicated to her community. She has volunteered with many Utah organizations including the Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), the Pride Festival, and is the founder of The Names That Matter focused on missing & unidentified Utahns. Amanda works as a police dispatcher and also works with individuals with disabilities. She has a Bachelor's degree from Utah Valley University in Emergency Services Management. She's married and has a house full of furry best friends. Amanda is excited to become a part of the We Help The Missing Team!


Board Members

Bleu Petty - Parent of a past missing person 

Bleu works in the hospitality arena in Phoenix, Arizona.  From her own words she stated, "I help the missing because I know firsthand what it’s like to have a child missing. My daughter has been running away from home since the age of 13. She is now 18.  At times I felt so alone and lost and didn’t know what to do. Then I found an organization that helped others in my situation. I never felt alone after that. I never knew how many families go through this devastating situation until it happened to me. I want to help others through this because I understand what they are going through. I want to help bring some sense of relief that they do not have to go through this alone and that there are others that understand what they are going through and that they have a shoulder to lean on whenever they need it."


“Randy” started his career with the U.S. Secret Service (Uniformed Division, Washington D.C.). He later obtained his PI license and worked for a firm in Charlotte, NC. There he assisted U.S. Customs as an undercover operative in South Korea, New York, Nevada, and Texas, which resulted in the dismantling of an international smuggling ring. In 2003 he started his own PI company where he and his co-workers conducted various disciplines of investigation. Randy always had an interest in “Cold Case” and had been fascinated by a 45-year cold case that occurred near his hometown. He started his own “armchair” investigation and worked the case in his spare time. Planning his retirement for January 2021, he always wanted to continue investigating and help find missing persons or help the wrongly convicted. He joined our team in April 2021.
Randy is married and has a 27-year-old son and a 25-year-old daughter. He and his wife have two dogs, two cats and two goats! In his spare time, he enjoys deer hunting, habitat management and working in the outdoors. 


Heather de cecco - graphics director

Heather received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, & Society from University of California Irvine, and as a collegiate, she interned for The Police Foundation, a non-profit with the mission to advance policing located in Washington, D.C.. She has a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from Chapman University School of Law. Heather is married and a full-time working mom to 2 young children. As her day job, she’s Contracts Counsel, negotiating complex transactions for Experian. When she’s not working or volunteering with WHTM, she’s also a soccer coach, PTA President, and finance advisor. She enjoys being outdoors going on a hike in the mountains or walks on the beach. While Heather has never personally experienced missing a loved one, her interest began several decades ago by following high profile missing persons cases in the media. Once she went down the rabbit hole of internet sleuthing, she learned that she could be more productive with her time with actually making a direct impact in helping finding missing persons.  

Amanda has volunteered with We Help The Missing as a Private Investigator since 2014 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Paralegal Certification, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Amanda is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the abuse and neglected children of Natrona County, and has a passion for working with at-risk and vulnerable teens. She is also an active member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. Additional training and education: Operation Underground Railroad trained (which works with Law Enforcement to identify and free survivors of human trafficking) Volunteers collaboratively with Wyoming DCI on state wide missing cases and assisting in creating a unified Missing persons database in Wyoming. Additional Training: -Crisis Intervention and de-escalation training -Cognitive thinking training -alcohol and drug awareness training -Trauma focused training -Emotional poverty in children training

Vicki Brakel - Chairperson

Vicki knows first hand the emotional toll a missing loved one can have. She had a child go missing and she had no idea where to start. Emotions took over, and through a long period she was able to find her child. Now she wants to help others that have been where she was. She also had a good friend go missing not to long ago and was able to help organize with a SAR team. She has a passion to help others not feel they are alone and help bring their loved one’s home.

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