Buried justice: A critical review into the cross-matching of unidentified bodies and missing persons reports in England and Wales

Research Institution / Organisation

Staffordshire University

Principal Researcher

Emma Tilley

Level of Research

PhD

Project Start Date

January 2021

Research Context

Aims

  • 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 the treatment of unidentified bodies in England and Wales.

Objectives

  • To examine the epidemiology of unidentified bodies in England and Wales;

  • To identify how information about unidentified bodies is obtained, recorded, stored, reviewed, cross-matched, deleted and shared on a local, national, and international level;

  • To understand the obstacles and opportunities concerning the cross-matching process;

  • To produce a basis for the development of a Code of Practice for the treatment of unidentified bodies in England and Wales.

Research Methodology

​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

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

January 2025
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