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Handbook on Missing Persons

STURDY COLLS, Caroline and Morewitz, Stephen (2016) Handbook on Missing Persons. Springer, New York. ISBN 978-3-319-40199-7 (In Press)

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This ambitious multidisciplinary volume surveys the science, forensics, politics, and
ethics involved in responding to missing persons cases. International experts across the
physical and social sciences offer data, case examples, and insights on best practices,
new methods, and emerging specialties that may be employed in investigations. Topics
such as secondary victimization, privacy issues, DNA identification, and the challenges
of finding victims of war and genocide highlight the uncertainties and complexities
surrounding these cases as well as possibilities for location and recovery. This diverse
presentation will assist professionals in accessing new ideas, collaborating with
colleagues, and handling missing persons cases with greater efficiency—and potentially
greater certainty.
Among the Handbook’s topics:
• A profile of missing persons: some key findings for police officers.
• Missing persons investigations and identification: issues of scale, infrastructure,
and political will.
• Pregnancy and parenting among runaway and homeless young women.
• Estimating the appearance of the missing: forensic age progression in the search
for missing persons.
• The use of trace evidence in missing persons investigations.
• The Investigation of historic missing persons cases: genocide and “conflict time”
human rights abuses.

The depth and scope of its expertise make the Handbook of Missing Persons useful for
criminal justice and forensic professionals, health care and mental health professionals,
social scientists, legal professionals, policy leaders, community leaders, and military
personnel, as well as for the general public.

Item Type: Book / Proceeding
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 16:52
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 16:17
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2794

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