You need to do a lot of the work on your own. A person’s background information can be found in many different places online or by going to the record keepers’ physical location. Several factors determine how your search is conducted and will result. Public records can come in many bits and pieces of information. With that in mind, you will need to fish out some of the records in parts. Begin with what you already know of the person. A good tip to begin with is to look up all the addresses and notice where traces can be of older records can be found also. It is recommended that you look up all free information first regardless. The county courthouse is a place where many records from bankruptcies, criminal cases and divorces can be found. Some court venues will offer online services, however, these services often carry a fee. A way to get around paying the fees can be by going to the location in person to view files. Once the files are checked out, you can either make copies or just view them and move on to the next record. Public record sites list as many useful free databases as possible, including sites that may not readily appear online, facilitating a more expansive search. Similar to casting a net, the larger the scope of your search is, the more results you will catch. It is normal to start with a small amount of profile information, as the search will pick up more data and expand the scope. An example are maiden names found, which would expand the search to include maiden names. Property records reveal if a spouse is named on the deed. As more information surfaces, the more expansive your search will become. Free databanks can be found scattered over the net. Few examples are inmate searches, which can be of local and state institutions, business filings with the secretary of state, land or real estate ownership searches from Property Valuation Administrator and more.
These reports are usually filed with the police department. There are sites specifically for missing persons, regardless of whether it was a long time ago if the person is still missing.
The Kentucky State Police releases their crime and traffic data publications annually from 1995 to 2012. They are in pdf so may not come up initially in searches.
Government agencies and its departments will generally have a public information officer. This is a problem that reporters/journalists ten to run into from time to time. A freedom of information act request is filed with the state since it trumps county and cities after other avenues have been exhausted.
If you're looking into county jails, many of the sheriff's department websites include an inmate search. If this occurred in Boone county, the sheriffs website provides a list of current and released inmates. Information of the person in custody includes booking number, arrest date, arresting agency, scheduled release date if any, description of the offender, cases, charges, case number and more.
The Kentucky department of corrections offender online lookup lists current prisoners, but if you access the same pages on the doc's website, you'll see instructions in regards to obtaining records from past incarcerated people
News worthy events often appear in periodicals local to the area of the incident. Basing the search on the location first will show all the resources for archived stories. Here a source to obtain Kentucky news articles available on microfilm.
If it is a case that you are looking for, other than papers and news wires, the state's attorney general also has press releases to inform the public.