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What are your rights when hiring a private investigator?

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 19:13:15-05

A Lee County man says that his girlfriend hired a Marco Island private investigator to find her missing adult son - but are frustrated by the lack of results.

"She paid them $2,500," said Jeff Kochel, whose girlfriend Annette hasn't heard from her son in two years. "To this day, she hasn't gotten any results."

Kochel said Annette hired Island Eyes Investigative Services a year ago after not hearing from him since he called from the Lexington, Kentucky area two years ago. 

"She wanted someone to go there and physically try to find him and make sure he was OK," Kochel said.

An investigator with Island Eyes told Fox 4 that they couldn't comment on the case Tuesday, but that they do want to help find Annette's son.

Private investigator Walt Zalisko, who is not associated with the case, said there should be a signed contract when a detective is hired, and that the investigator should be keeping the family in the loop.

"They have to provide the client with a detailed report, as well as a summary of their billing," Zalisko said.

He said that sometimes the subject of a search doesn't want to be found for any number of reasons - but that if located, the investigator is bound to tell the client where the person was found.

"The subject is not his client," Zalisko said. "The parents are the client. So he has to reveal where the person is."

The representative for Island Eyes said they contacted Annette on Tuesday, and would try to provide more updates soon on the efforts to find her son.