Previously, Social Security provided letter-forwarding services to aid in locating missing individuals, plan participants, and/or beneficiaries on matters of great importance. As of May 19, 2014, Social Security will no longer process requests to locate these individuals, due to advances in technology and cost savings.
In the absence of Social Security’s letter forwarding services, family members, sponsors, administrators and qualified termination administrators may use a variety of other methods to locate missing individuals, participants and beneficiaries, including:
• Commercial locator services
• Credit reporting agencies
• Internet search tools
• Social media websites