Researchers seek to understand experiences of missing people
A project which aims to increase understanding of why adults go missing, where they go and how searches are carried out is being undertaken by a team of researchers from the University of Glasgow, University of Dundee and Grampian Police.
The 'Geographies of Missing People' project is being conducted in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and Grampian Police and aims to examine the scope and capabilities of organisations to track missing adults, investigate the experiential geographies of those who go missing, and advance policy and operational understandings of 'missingness'.
Dr Hester Parr, a Reader in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, who is leading the project said: 'There have been relatively few studies of 'going missing', and these are mostly orientated towards younger people who are estimated to make up two-thirds of missing episodes per year. Our study is different: itís on adult missing peopleí.
'Grampian Police have developed quantitative models of missing people, so for example, if a 40-year-old man goes missing they have a spatial model which dictates the size of the search area and likely locations where he might be found.'
Source and full story: Dundee University
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