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Vearl D. SmithPrivate Investigator in St. Louis

Effective and Accurate Service

At Markell & Associates, Inc., we have been helping clients acquire information since 1978. Those who are trying to locate a subject or discover information about a legal, financial, or personal matter can obtain high-quality investigative services from our team.

Why You Should Turn to Markell & Associates, Inc.

At Markell & Associates, Inc., our private investigators excel in obtaining unknown information of persons, places, property, and other requests. We are uniquely qualified to handle your matter for the following reasons:

Extensive Experience

Decades of experience enables us to obtain undisclosed information pertaining to legal matters in an impressive timely fashion. We have successfully assisted major entities throughout the U.S., including:

  • national & international banks
  • millionaires
  • law firms

Call us at (888) 658-8081 or submit an online form to discuss your case with one of our private investigators in St. Louis.

National Network

Markell has developed relationships with many sources around the country, in efforts to maintain an excellent network of the finest resources available. Our information is derived from many private industries, public means, and information brokers. An initial investment is made by Markell on most investigative requests, enabling Markell's personnel to launch an investigation using the finest personnel and sources within the field.

Our sources go beyond the typical monthly membership legal resources available to most legal firms, and the public; we use many different resources to process your specific requests, none of which are a typical monthly subscription. Our investigators can even help yours procure the finest personal information sources available!

Diligent Analysis

To be completely thorough in their work, Mr. Smith and the team at Markell & Associates, Inc. do not hesitate to perform detailed research on their clients. They understand that extra time is required to do the job right, so they often work weekends, early mornings, and even holidays to make sure that they derive the right information. Their team uses the latest tools and resources to identify information and verify its correctness.

We have personally delivered hundreds of thousands of summons.

Private Investigation Services

Our private investigators at Markell & Associates, Inc. can offer assistance in a number of different areas to legal firms, finance/banking institutions, insurance claims, mortgage industry, individuals, and more, providing the following services:

  • To obtain personal identifying information to help ensure information derived is that of the individual
  • To serve process upon as a defendant or witness, ANYWHERE, in the United States

  • To verify any information of potential defendant or witness presented

  • To obtain photographs of persons, property, collateral, accident scenes, damaged personal property, residential verification, etc...

  • To obtain the location of persons, collateral such as vehicles, equipment, rental properties, etc...

  • To obtain ownership and information on non-published cell phone numbers or landlines

  • To obtain a driver's license information

  • To obtain vehicle information

  • To obtain background checks

  • To discover bankruptcy, liens, UCC filings, etc...

  • To discover lienholders, mortgagors, etc...

  • To obtain accident reports

  • To locate lost heirs or relatives

  • To locate lost clients

  • To locate debtors.

About Private Investigating

Founding member, Mark Smith, has been providing investigation services for more than three decades and is licensed as a private investigator in both the state of Missouri and Illinois. Licensed private investigators are trained to coordinate an investigation, operate using surveillance techniques, question witnesses, and handle evidence. Most importantly, they learn all ethical practices and laws pertaining to the field so that they can function within legal bounds.

Markell's experienced investigators have the ability to verify, attempt to verify, and value what is necessary in a given report on an individual. To the untrained eye, lack of experience, and intuition, these sources of information normally become very overwhelming. Many hours can easily be spent diligently researching reports and information derived, even though you may be working on just two or three subjects.

Physical canvassing, surveillance, interviews, observations, photographs, etc., are all very necessary components to many investigation matters. Most investigative requests will require a very diligent analysis of gathered information, along with the combination of "boots on the ground ". These procedures require many hours of dedication and diligence as well.

What Does a Private Investigator Do?

In St. Louis, our skilled team of private investigators offers a comprehensive range of services to address your legal, financial, and personal concerns. With extensive and professional experience, we are dedicated to providing you with accurate and reliable information. Whether you're dealing with a complex legal case, navigating financial uncertainties, or seeking insights into a personal matter, our investigators are equipped to gather crucial evidence and deliver insights that can aid your decision-making process.

We understand the importance of discretion and efficiency in every investigation we undertake, ensuring that your privacy is upheld while delivering results that matter. Count on our St. Louis private investigators to bring clarity to your situation and empower you with the information you need to move forward.

When to Hire a Private Investigator in St. Louis

Hiring a private investigator can be beneficial in various situations when you need professional assistance in gathering information or conducting an investigation. Remember, the decision to hire a private investigator should be based on the specific circumstances you're facing and your need for professional investigative services. It's essential to comply with legal and ethical boundaries while engaging the services of a private investigator.

Benefits of Hiring a Private Investigator

Hiring a private investigator can offer several benefits depending on the specific situation. Here are some common advantages of hiring a private investigator:

  1. Professional Expertise and Resources: Private investigators possess specialized skills, knowledge, and experience in conducting investigations. They are trained in various investigative techniques, including surveillance, research, and evidence collection. They have access to databases, contacts, and resources that are not readily available to the general public. Their expertise and resources enable them to efficiently gather information, uncover facts, and provide valuable insights.

  2. Discretion and Confidentiality: Private investigators understand the importance of discretion and maintaining confidentiality. Whether you're dealing with a personal matter like suspected infidelity or a sensitive corporate investigation, a professional private investigator ensures that your case remains confidential. They operate discreetly, using covert methods when necessary, and take measures to protect your privacy and the integrity of the investigation.

  3. Objective and Unbiased Perspective: In emotionally charged situations or complex cases, it can be difficult to remain objective and impartial. Private investigators provide an unbiased perspective. They approach the investigation with a neutral mindset, focusing solely on gathering facts and evidence. This objectivity is particularly valuable in legal investigations, where the investigator's findings can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. Their impartiality helps ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair and unbiased manner.

These benefits highlight how private investigators bring a professional and specialized approach to gathering information and conducting investigations, ultimately assisting their clients in resolving issues or obtaining the necessary evidence to make informed decisions.

Contact a St. Louis Private Investigator at Markell & Associates, Inc.

To take action on your case, get in touch with the team at Markell & Associates, Inc. We are licensed by the St. Louis Sherriff's Department and conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism. When you approach us for assistance, we will assess your case and ascertain the best method to pursue.

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to provide when I contact Markell & Associates?

The more details you can share about your situation, the better we can understand your needs and determine how we can assist you. This could include information about the nature of the investigation, the individuals involved (if known), and any relevant dates or timelines.

How long will an investigation typically take?

The timeframe varies depending on the complexity of the case and the type of information being sought. During your free consultation, we will provide an estimated timeframe based on your specific needs.

How can I ensure the privacy of my information when hiring a private investigator?

At Markell & Associates, we prioritize client confidentiality. We have strict policies in place to safeguard your information and ensure discretion throughout the investigation.

What are your fees for private investigation services?

Our fees are determined by the specific services required and the estimated time commitment. We offer flexible fee structures, including hourly rates and retainer agreements. During the consultation, we will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with your investigation.

Our St. Louis private investigators work tirelessly to meet your deadlines and produce answers quickly. We assist clients throughout the entire nation. Call our office at (888) 658-8081 to set up an appointment with Markell & Associates, Inc. today.

A Proven History of Results

  • “Lessening Signs of Unsettled Leg Syndrome”


  • “Efficient and dependable.”

    Chris Smith

  • “They are consistently professional, courteous and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.”

    Amber Hunsaker

  • “Mark at Markell found and served the guy within hours.”

    Mallory Merkel

  • “Prompt, timely service by courteous and capable server.”

    Cindy Elliott

  • “They are reliable, professional, prompt and fast.”

    Diane Edelen

  • “Markell and Associates exceeded our expectations with professional and courteous service.”

    Elaine Dandaneau

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