noun

North American
informal
  • A person whose job is to locate people who are missing or have defaulted on a debt.

    ‘skip tracers need to be experts in state and federal laws regarding privacy and surveillance’
    • ‘Most private investigators, bail bondsmen, and skip tracers have access to these private databases.’
    • ‘All a skip tracer needs is charm and a telephone.’
    • ‘A skip tracer had written, "Look, I hunt people professionally, and I know all their mistakes."’
    • ‘When a private investigator can't find someone legally, they will subcontract a skip tracer like Frank.’
    • ‘A skip tracer, in Ahearn's words, is "a liar for hire."’