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Project set up to understand why thousands go missing every year

Glasgow and Dundee universities are behind the missing persons project.

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A project has been set up to understand why thousands of people across the country go missing each year.

The Geographies of Missing People intiative was established by Glasgow and Dundee universities in conjunction with the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, London Metropolitan Police, Grampian Police and the charity Missing People.

It is aimed at better understanding the reasons adults go missing, as well as where they go, by collecting first-hand accounts from those who have gone missing for any length of time.

A new section of the project’s website allows members of the public aged 18 or over to anonymously submit written details of their experiences which will be used to compile learning resources about people reported as missing. Visitors to the website can also supply video or pictures to support their story.

Dr Hester Parr of the University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, who is leading the project, said: "Nearly 327,000 people were reported as missing in the UK last year, but there is very little research into why adults choose to disappear and what they do or where they go during their time away.

"The stories of people who have gone missing and returned home are vital to this unique research project. We are conducting an ongoing series of face-to-face interviews with people who have gone missing, but the written submissions collected through the website will allow us to expand our research base considerably.

"By collecting and analysing the experiences of the missing, we are aiming to develop for the first time a more complete understanding of the way missing people seek out, perceive and navigate the places they visit. This will be of real, practical use to organisations such as the police services which are responsible for investigating cases of missing people."

For more information visit the Geographies of Missing People website.

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