Alert: Missing Persons Unit — next episode, cast, plot and everything we know about the new procedural

Dania Ramirez and Scott Caan in Alert: Missing Persons Unit
(Image credit: Philippe Bosse/FOX)

Alert: Missing Persons Unit is the newest procedural to hit Fox’s primetime lineup, joining the ranks of 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star. It comes from the minds of co-creators Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath (executive producer of The Blacklist).

The series follows Scott Caan’s Jason Grant as he joins his ex-wife Nikki (played by Dania Ramirez) on a quest to find their missing son. Nikki heads up Philadelphia’s Missing Persons Unit and for this broken family the work becomes very, very personal. 

Fox announced in late-March that Alert: Missing Persons Unit would be getting a second season, so now's a great time to catch up on all of the exciting stories from season 1. 

Here’s what we know about Alert: Missing Persons Unit.  

Next episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit 

The two-hour season finale of Alert: Missing Persons Unit airs February 27 at 9 pm ET/PT on Fox and is titled "Brianna/Max." Here is the episode description: "When a bride goes missing on her wedding day, Mike and Kemi discover the woman was living a deceptive life. Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding Keith’s disappearance starts to unravel as he tells Jason and Nikki more details about his time in captivity and leads them to a cabin where they find a horrifying scene."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit episode guide

Keep track of all the Alert: Missing Persons Unit episodes here:

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 1: "Chloe"
"The MPU investigates the abduction of a young child, whose abduction is likely revenge related to her father's work."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 2: "Hugo"
"The team investigates when a woman runs down a man and forces him to get in her car at gunpoint; more information about Keith's kidnapper comes to light."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 3: "Zoey"
"The MPU searches for a college student after she goes missing during a house party; Sidney and Keith try to adjust to normal life again."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 4: "Andy"
"The MPU works to track down the kidnapped son of a doctor, but the case takes a turn when his mother gets in direct contact with the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Kemi expresses her concerns for Sidney's wellbeing to Nikki and Jason."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 5: "Miguel"
"A foster care worker is reported as missing, but after he ends his own life, the MPU starts to investigate a pregnant woman he was seen with who has been missing for two years. Meanwhile, Sidney follows Keith and fears he may be dangerous."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 6: "Tim & Amy"
"Jason and Mike search the Allegheny Mountains to find a missing couple. Meanwhile, Keith joins a trauma therapy group and bonds with another patient."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 7: "Shannon"
"Jason and Nikki utilize a twin sister when a missing person case turns into a possible murder investigation; Kemi helps C with his dating life; Keith gets reckless."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit season 1 episode 8: "Craig"
"Sidney comes clean about the details surrounding the day of Keith's disappearance, causing Jason to cast serious doubt on the boy claiming to be his son; Mike's police mentor brings a missing officer's case to the MPU team."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit cast

Scott Caan has been blazing a path through Hollywood for years. He most recently starred in Hawaii Five-O but is well known to fans as Turk Molloy, one half of the lovably chaotic Mormon twins from the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. 

Here’s the complete cast and their characters:

  • Scott Caan as Jason Grant 
  • Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids) as Nikki Batista 
  • Graham Verchere (The Good Doctor) as Keith 
  • Fivel Stewart (Atypical) as Sydney 
  • Ryan Broussard (Only Murders in the Building) as Mike 
  • Adeola Role (The Blacklist) as Kemi 
  • Petey Gibson as C 

Alert: Missing Persons Unit plot

Here's the official synopsis and description of Alert: Missing Persons Unit from Fox:

"Co-created by John Eisendrath (the executive producer of The Blacklist) and superstar Jamie Foxx, Alert: Missing Persons Unit is a procedural drama set in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU). Each episode features a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person that runs alongside police officers Jason Grant (Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O) and Nikki Batista’s (Dania Ramirez, Devious Maids) season-long quest to find out the truth about their long-lost son.  

"Six years ago, while working overseas, Jason received the call that every parent fears – he and Nikki’s son, Keith (Graham Verchere, The Good Doctor), had gone missing. From that moment forward, the lives of Jason, Nikki and their daughter, Sydney (recurring guest star Fivel Stewart, Atypical), were turned upside down. The frantic search to find Keith began and the mystery about his disappearance continues to this day. 

"Throughout the search to find Keith, Jason and Nikki’s marriage deteriorated and they grew apart. Jason moved into private security, while Nikki was promoted within the Philly P.D. to Head of the MPU, where she has been able to do for others what she wasn’t able to do for herself, bring a loved one back home. 

"At the MPU, she leads a team of highly skilled individuals including her current love interest Mike (Ryan Broussard, Only Murders In The Building), whom Nikki met when he was assigned to oversee the search for Keith; Kemi (Adeola Role, The Blacklist), who is proficient in many languages, highly discerning of visual clues and uses her know-how as a shaman to take a holistic approach to her job; and forensic anthropologist C (recurring guest star and newcomer Petey Gibson), who is a master at reconstructing the faces of those who have disappeared. Together, the team works to find the missing, abducted or kidnapped, and help reunite them with their loved ones before it’s too late. 

"When Jason receives a possible proof-of-life photo that Keith is very much alive, he and Nikki will reunite personally and professionally to continue the fight for their son.

"Alert: Missing Persons Unit is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment. John Eisendrath serves as showrunner and executive producer. Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, J.R. Orci, Adam Kane and Michael Offer (101 and 102) are also executive producers."

Alert: Missing Persons Unit trailer

Here's the trailer for Alert: Missing Persons Unit:

How to watch Alert: Missing Persons Unit

Alert: Missing Persons Unit debuts on Sunday, January 8, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Fox, which is included with most cable providers. New episodes will be available to stream the next day on Hulu. 

If you’ve cut the cord, you can access Fox through live TV providers like FuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.