To critically review the cross-matching process of unidentified bodies and missing persons reports in England and Wales;
To produce a basis for the development of a Code of Practice for unidentified bodies in England and Wales.
To examine how unidentified bodies and missing persons reports are cross matched;
To identify the obstacles and opportunities for improvement concerning the cross-matching process;
To identify how information about unidentified bodies is recorded, retained, acted upon, shared, and reviewed on a local, national, and international level;
To determine whether there are any significant contributory factors evident within solved unidentified bodies cases.
Mixed methods approach:
Analysis of data from the UK Missing Persons Unit
Freedom of Information requests to police forces, coroners, and local authorities in England and Wales
Semi-structured interviews with practitioners and families of missing persons