Pat Rutherford, Kyleen Wright, Kirk Rutherford
Pat Rutherford, left, is owner of Worldwide Tracers, a Mansfield private investigation firm.
At least, that's how super sleuth Pat Rutherford
describes each snapshot.
"I have the only job in the world where I love to get up in the morning and come to work," says the 71-year-old Mansfield private investigate, who lives in Arlington with his
"I hate the weekends because my wife won't let me get to work.
I love finding people, love finding someone's mom or dad.
It's a fun business."
"Look at all those happy faces on those pictures," says Mr. Rutherford
while pointing to the photographs posted on the walls in his
In all, he's
got 5,000 of them.
"You may forget the names, but you don't forget the circumstances."
For the past 18 years, Mr. Rutherford
has tracked down long-lost loved ones as a private investigator through his
business called Worldwide Tracers, Inc.
founded the venture nearly two decades ago in San Clemente, Calif., but moved to the Arlington-D/FW area three years ago.
A clock with a sculpted silhouette of Dick Tracy hangs on one wall.
There's a nearby hat rack with 19 different caps, berets and hats.
A message near the front door reads: "Real Men Love Jesus.
The Worldwide Tracers office on Main Street in Mansfield as colorful as its founder.
I jovial man with a white beard and a well-rounded middle, Mr. Rutherford
walks with a bouncy air through his
downtown Mansfield office.
mission: To solve all cases he
is asked to work on.
So far, he's
solved 14,000 cases "and counting," he
This year alone, he's
juggling more than 1,000.
The people he
helps are often hurting and lonely.
Whether it's finding a natural parent or searching for a runaway child, thousands of people across the country have turned to Mr. Rutherford
to solve their predicaments and ease their pain.
"We have a policy: We will not stop until we find who we're after, and boy, do we mean it," says the Texas native, whose eyes twinkle Santa Claus-style.
A world of emotions
As a private investigator, Mr. Rutherford has been asked to find runaway teens, long-lost sweethearts and abducted children.
Adults searching for their natural parents often come to him for help.
The adoption search fee: $495.
A wife unsure if her
husband is cheating can turn to Mr. Rutherford
, and - for a fee - he'll get her
Tracking deadbeat dads, looking up long-lost loves and keeping tabs on cheating husbands make up just a portion of his