I wonder how many people know about the UK Missing Persons Unit website and the work they do? I wonder, for those people that don’t know, how interested they might be too know?
The missing persons phenomenon is very real, and in the majority of cases truly horrifying. The Missing Persons Unit is the UK national and international point of contact for all missing person and unidentified body cases. They are the only UK agency focused exclusively on missing people. They serve all UK police forces as well as overseas police agencies.
Their national database provides a unique function enabling the cross-matching of outstanding missing individuals with unidentified people, bodies and remains.
Their extensive experience in dealing with missing person and unidentified body investigations provides an essential service to forces and can help resolve cases that may otherwise remain outstanding. This can save police forces significant time and resources, and provide the friends and family of missing and unidentified persons with vital closure.
The website, www.missingpersons.police.uk was launched in November 2012.
Quite a number of the cases, or alternative word for case, unknown Human Beings who deserve equal recognition, have seemingly taken their own lives, presumably often through certain sad and distressing life experiences.
Do we, as onlookers, as concerned individuals have the right, the reason, the permission to help identify people who in their moments of despair wanted rid of this world? Alongside those that chose to end their lives are also many people who have passed away through ill health, through accident, through old age. Again, do we have the right to attempt to identify these people? Can we make the world a better place by resolving such mysteries? Will it help their individual souls? Will it help the families and friends of the five hundred and sixty four people that are listed on this site? One would hope so. One would think so, in a lot of the cases. One might hope, in all of the cases.
The fact that the UK Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public’s help in the identification of these people, firstly gives us, the public, permission to care, to look, to think, and to share the information displayed.
In the Press section of the website it states, Although many unidentified cases receive local or national publicity at the time they are found, this publicity may be short lived, and experience has shown that the families and friends of these people may not see or fail to recognize the significance of this initial publicity. There is therefore a need to continually publicise these unidentified cases in order to maximise the possibility of families/friends who have lost contact with people or who have reported them as missing seeing the details of the case and recognizing that the individual may be their missing relative/friend. The website also provides members of the public with the means by which to suggest possible identifications in a clear and simple manner through communication with the Missing Persons Unit, the details which can be initially reviewed without additional burden on police forces.
The search facility on the website is excellent, in my opinion. It is wide reaching and is easy to use. Having relatively quickly worked out how to use it I was able to ascertain that of the twelve hundred or so people of the Unit’s records five hundred and sixty-four people are listed on the site to date. Of that large figure there are details of four hundred and ninety-two males, sixty-six females, and six whose gender are unknown.
Fifteen people are listed from the 1960’s, one hundred and sixty-four people from the 1970’s, one hundred and fifty-eight from the 80’s, eighty-five from the 90’s, ninety-three from the 2000’s and forty-seven people from the 2010’s. I have one or two people in the wrong category in these statistics. Apologies to those concerned.
And where do those of us with an interest in helping go from here? Families and friends will potentially have the ability to give great focus and clarity to descriptions of their lost loved ones. From being able to describe positions of bodily scars, clothing, jewelry, tattoos, height, complexion, gender and ethnicity, perhaps some extra hope can be found in many people’s long searches for those they fear are lost to the world.
For those of us who sit with concern and even wonder at how it is possible for so many people to lay unidentified, perhaps we can act on the words above in the Press section and share in the best way we can the details of the website so that I hope, closure and a degree of ease can be felt when a loved one has been found and a mystery understood.
On the website you will find four hundred and three people of white European make up. You will find thirty people of Afro/Caribbean descent, eighteen of dark European, thirteen of Asian descent, ten Oriental and eighty-eight of unknown ethnicity.
You will be able to search for body peculiarities, piercings, where and when people were found, what they had on their possession and on many a body some quite startling and unique tattoos. I sincerely believe a discussion amongst our World’s tattoo brotherhood might in time unearth some positive identifications.
Sharing the knowledge, expertise and excellent search facility on the UK Missing Persons Unit website might help somebody put years of pain and unknowing to rest. We might be able to help in the recognition of a life help in limbo, name a person, log their contribution to a life lived on earth.
I wonder how many people do know of the existence of www.missingpersons.police.uk? Do you?