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Missing Persons Found Deceased - 1264/20

Date Responded 02 September 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. The cause of death of fatal missing person cases from the year 2019/2020; specifically:

a) Please provide a count of all cases of a missing person recorded in the Northumbria Police area who were found deceased during the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (to include cases where the individual was initially reported missing prior to this period);

b) With the count above (a) as the total, please provide sub-totals for the cause of death recorded in these cases (e.g. accident, suicide, homicide, natural causes, unknown); and

c) If possible, please provide information on the age of missing people in each cause of death category (under 18 / 18 an over / not known) and their gender (male / female / other / not known).

2  In addition, please also provide the same data from 2018/2019.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows, however the following caveats should be noted:-

  • To define a suicide or homicide, the relevant flag on the record on the force system has been used.   
  • We do not have a separate flag for a natural cause death or accident.  As such we would not be able to provide this data.                                            
  • It should also be noted that the force systems currently hold gender as Male, Female or Unknown. 
  • Ages have been calculated based on the date found, not the date missing.  

Bearing the above in mind please see the information below;

Total number of missing persons found deceased 2018/19 = 14

 

Suicide

Homicide

Unknown

Total cases found 2018/19

11

0

3

Age

Under 18

0

0

0

Over 18

11

0

3

Age not recorded

0

0

0

Gender

Male

9

0

3

Female

2

0

0

Not Known

0

0

0

 

Total number of missing persons found deceased 2019/20 = 26

 

Suicide

Homicide

Unknown

Total cases found 2019/20

18

0

8

Age

Under 18

1

0

0

Over 18

17

0

8

Age not recorded

0

0

0

Gender

Male

12

0

8

Female

6

0

0

Not known

0

0

0

 

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