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Dottie Laster April Events

Dottie Laster Heidi Search Center

Dottie Laster Heidi Search Center

As Executive Director of Heidi Search Center and a licensed private investigator, Dottie Laster switches hats often; from searching for missing persons, investigating cases of possible human trafficking, and, most importantly, awareness and fundraising for the 25-year old non-profit agency in San Antonio.

Private and corporate donations are the lifeblood of Heidi Search Center covering the daily expenses and keeping the agency open to continue helping those going through the trauma of having a missing person. Under Dottie’s leadership, they have a 98% recovery rate.

In March, 2017, Dottie Laster was featured in Vanity Fair Confidential on the Investigation Discovery channel who covered the case of “El Gallo,” leader of one of the largest human trafficking rings in Houston. Dottie played a large part in bringing down this ring and helping over 120 girls escape. She has continued assisting them over the years and believes that El Gallo was operating undisturbed for 20 years before being apprehended.

Locked up Next Door can be viewed online at the Vanity Fair Confidential website.

April is shaping up to be another busy month with the following events and fundraisers planned:

Texas Institute of Investigations

Classes debuted at the Bexar County Commissioner’s courtroom with the first round of students in October, 2016. Since it’s inception, classes have moved to the Heidi Search Center offices at 4115 Naco Perrin Blvd. in San Antonio, TX.

Partnering with Gillespie Investigations’ Mark Gillespie, the program aims to educate private investigators using a lab experience with real cases.

Classes Offered Include:

  • So You Want to be a PI?
  • Finding Your Niche
  • Human Trafficking and Missing Persons
  • How to Work with Government Agencies
  • How to Write a Report
  • Digital DNA: Social Media Investigations
  • Interview Techniques
  • Expert Testimony
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Forensic Techniques and Evidence Collection

Courses offered will provide continuing education (CE) credits to students who become licensed or registered in Texas. Click for details on classes and registration. Proceeds from the classes benefit Heidi Search Center and it’s mission.

Mystery 5K


The Texas Institute of Investigation has created a Mystery! Participants will need to solve it along a 3.1 mile route using clues, riddles, and checkpoints. Some runners may be actors, but you won’t know who!

It’s not necessary to be the fastest runner to win. The winner will use investigative skills and intuition to solve the Mystery! Included is a ton of fun, awards, and of course, cool shirts!


  • Heidi Search Center Raffle

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Heidi Search Center Executive Director, Dottie Laster, brings years of experience in combatting global human trafficking to the intersection of missing persons. Her work continues to bring results and she is available nationally for presentations and training. For complete information visit her website, DottieLaster.Com

To schedule Dottie for your next event, please contact ImaginePublicity Phone: 843-808-0859  Email:

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