Creating a Missing Person Poster

Missing person posters are an effective way to increase awareness about a missing loved one.

Typically, police do not create and distribute missing person posters.

While there are many different layouts used in posters, keep in mind that the main purpose of the poster is:

  1. to inform people that your loved one is missing and
  2. to provide the needed descriptive information for people to recognize your missing loved one.

A Note about the Template

The template provided here was created to be used with Microsoft Word. The template can be edited according to your specific needs.

To use the template, save the file as a ‘Word’ document using a new file name. The template can then be filled in and modified as needed.

Once you are satisfied with your poster, print a copy to review both the information and layout. To ensure that your poster prints identically across different printers, convert your file to a .pdf (portable document format). A number of free conversion programs are available on the Internet.


This document has been developed by the CCIMA for general information purposes (12/2012).