Forensic anthropologists can be called in when human remains are discovered.
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Forensic anthropologists are specialized scientists who analyze the skeletal remains of the recently deceased to help authorities figure out who the person was and what happened to them.
DNA volunteered by citizens worldwide is helping to restore the identity of human remains found across Australia.
Matteo Messina Denaro: on the left is a picture taken when he was about 30; in the centre is an age-progressed image made before his arrest; on the right, a photo of Denaro following his arrest this year.
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Missing person calls involving an individual with dementia increased by between 10 and 50 per cent across all Ontario regions over the last five years.
With an increasing number of people living with dementia worldwide and in Canada, it’s crucial to find ways to promote community awareness and prevent people with dementia from getting lost.
A Nicaraguan mother holds a photograph of her son in Mexico City during the mother’s caravan in 2019.
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Migrant disappearances in Mexico have quadrupled. Here’s how Central American mothers searching for their disappeared children grieve and call out injustices in politically effective ways.
The media has been closely following every twist and turn in the case of missing boy William Tyrrell, including recent live coverage of police operations seen here in NSW.
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Non-stop media coverage can invade their privacy, raise and dash their hopes, and prolong their trauma.
Native Americans are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime than the U.S. population as a whole.
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Thousands of cases of missing and murdered Native Americans remain unsolved. A scarcity of reliable data is only part of the problem, a tribal justice scholar explains.
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The most important thing to avoid is intrusive, probing questioning straight away. The media and the public should also refrain from speculative, premature comment.
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Cleo is the latest missing child case to grip the nation. And our fascination with every twist and turn of such cases can both help and be a curse.
Police involvement is missing persons cases is often necessary.
In the absence of serious efforts by mental health centres, shelters and youth group homes to prevent people from running away from their facilities in the first place, police involvement is necessary.
Missing persons are sharing their stories and experiences as part of new research in Australia. The goal is to better understand what causes people to disappear.
Forensic anthropologists, who analyse skeletal remains, can give us clues to how someone lived and died.
While forensic scientists mostly use fingerprints, dental records and DNA to identify human remains, they have many other techniques in their forensic toolkit. How many have you heard of?
If human remains can’t easily be identified, DNA testing can provide answers to bereaved families.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia’s Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
Dogs can reliably sniff out human blood, even after two years of environmental degradation.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia’s police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
Missing People Choir raise awareness in the grand final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
99% of people who disappear come home again. A third of them don’t stay.
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