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Private Investigators

Do you need to locate someone? A lost family member, an old friend, a business associate, a witness on an important case, an insurance case plaintiff or defendant, a runaway child, high dollar collateral, or an ex-spouse who needs to be located?

We specialize in locating people, and we're good at it. Skip tracing, or finding someone who may or may not want to be found, is both an art and a science. It is a specialized skill that takes years to hone, and success is achieved through a combination of modern, state-of-the-art technology and old-fashioned boots on the ground. Online searches, databases, and public records are all good resources, but they do not do anything magical in finding someone that doesn't want to be found. Everything and every resource has to be used together for a successful locate.

Most of the background check and people finder web sites found online offer nothing more than automatic searches through free public record sources, or they buy outdated information and resell it to you at several times their cost. This is especially true for companies offering instant background checks. The services they provide may be timely, but almost always deliver meaningless results, compromised data, or information you already had. These companies are data brokers rather than licensed, professional private investigators. Not that the information can't be helpful, but it's almost never that easy.

At LocateMasters, we have access to vast information repositories, millions of records, proprietary tools, and unique methods. In addition, our years of experience set us apart from others in the industry. However, most of it boils down to being willing to do things others don't want to do. Nothing illegal of course, but endless hours talking to a lot of people, knocking on a lot of doors, following a lot of dead-end leads until something pays off, etc.

About Us

Our internal team, along with our peripheral team of esteemed and dependable colleagues, is led by Jeff Penrod, one of Arizona's leading private investigators. Moving into the investigation industry from a short stint in law enforcement, Jeff spent many years learning his craft from the best in the industry. Today, his expertise and persistence are unmatched in the world of private investigation and skip tracing. Jeff's track record, his years in business, his prices, and his reviews attest to his stature as one of the most highly-rated and sought-after private investigators in the state.

It goes without saying that some people are harder to locate than others, and no investigation firm or individual can guarantee you a 100% success rate. Those wanted by law enforcement, hiding from creditors, drug users, and others require more work to locate than the average person.

However, LocateMasters stands out from our competitors with a 80% success rate and an unparalleled commitment to our clients:


We encourage you to tell us as much as possible about the person we are trying to locate ahead of time so we can give you an accurate assessment of the time and cost. Our only exception to our contingency pay model is missing /runaway juveniles. The reason for that is we marshal all of our resources for a missing/runaway child due to the priority of those cases and many times they return home shortly after leaving. Whether it's a missing person, a runaway, a friend or family member, or an important legal case, chances are that if we can't find them, no one can.

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Disclaimer: If you are wanting to find someone for personal reasons, we can help. For the safety and privacy of all involved, we may have to get the permission of the person you are looking for before we release their information to you.


"I believe you get what you pay for; Jeff’s work was money well spent—professional, great quality work in a timely manner."

Carla Reagan

"Excellent communication and persistence with following through with all of my directions. Highly recommended!"

  Dale Keliikoa

"Someone owed on a court order. I was able to locate the person within a few days and start to collect what I was owed."

Maria Shivone

"I hired Jeff to locate a person who owed me money. Within a few days he had located good info; I recovered all money owed to me."

  Karen Bravo

"The information provided was comprehensive. I highly recommend this agency and I will use them in the future if I need them again."

Nichole Flynn

"Jeff went out of his way to see the assignment all the way through despite the difficult circumstances."

  Tamara Baker-Ford

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