Age-progression photos are widely used by investigators to help locate missing persons and hunt wanted fugitives.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children pioneered the use of age progression photos to reunite long-term missing children with their families. The success they’ve experienced crossed over into law enforcement. Today, many law enforcement organizations like the United States Marshals Service use age progression photos to track and arrest our nation’s most violent criminals.

Civil attorneys also use age-progression photos during wrongful death lawsuits to show how their clients might have appeared if they lived a full-life.

Private individuals often request age-progressions of missing & deceased family members to provide them hope and comfort.

Forensic Facial Imaging Expert Michael W. Streed has over 200 hours of specialized training in age progression from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He uses traditional illustration techniques blended with photo editing software to create powerful images that seek to pay respect to those missing & lives lost too soon.


  • Most up-to-date, scanned portrait-style photograph. Note: Fugitive Investigators should provide as much lifestyle or medical information as legally allowed.
  • Include photographs of bloodline siblings or parents taken at, or near the age as the missing/deceased person.
  • Scanned photographs should be a minimum of 5 x 7 inches in size at 300-600 dpi resolution. Multiple or oversized photos should be sent via SketchCop®’s WeTransfer service.
  • SketchCop® WILL NOT accept original photographs.
Note: There is no guarantee the completed image will be an ‘exact likeness’ of the missing or deceased person. The image should only be considered an “approximation” only.

If you need an age-progression photo, please use the request form on the right-side of the screen.