Steering Group

Professor Sue Black Professor Sue Black is Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. As an anatomist and a forensic anthropologist she has a long standing interest in human identification and unfortunately has long experience of attempting to identify those whose remains are found long after their death. She has worked extensively in the UK and overseas and her partnership with the Interpol Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies project (FASTID) is a natural pairing for this project in the UK. Whilst she is most frequently involved in the worst outcome of a missing person, she is very keen to understand 'why' the person goes missing initially and so is delighted to be an advisor on this project where she hopes she might be able to offer some insight from her experience but expects to learn more than she can offer.
Lucy Holmes Lucy Holmes is the Research Manager at Missing People, the national charity which provides a lifeline when someone disappears, searches on behalf of those left behind and provides specialised support to ease their heartache and confusion. The charity recognises the benefit that this research will provide for practice as well as research and policy. The charity’s policy and research web pages may be visited at
Dr Jacqui Karn Dr Jacqui Karn is Senior Research and Development Officer at the Police Foundation, an independent think tank on policing working to ‘improve policing for the benefit of the public’. She is currently engaged in a long term action research project exploring ‘police effectiveness in a changing world’ working closely with two police forces in the south of England. She is also a Research Associate at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology.She has previously worked in, non-profit and government criminal justice sectors, nationally and internationally, on issues around social exclusion, urban safety, policing, mental health and the criminal justice system and policies to reduce the use of short term custody and remand. Her book, 'Narratives of Neglect: community, regeneration and the governance of security' (Willan, 2007), was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2008.She brings her particular expertise in qualitative methods and an abiding interest in policing and vulnerable people in contact with the criminal justice system, to her role as critical friend on the Advisory Board of the Geographies of Missing Persons project. In turn she hopes that the project will further contribute to knowledge that will assist the police and partner organizations in protecting, and responding to the needs of, those reported missing.


Joe Apps


Joe Apps is the manager for the UK Missing Persons Bureau which is hosted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Bureau provides tactical advice and support to police investigations into missing and found people; the reconciliation of missing and found people; and, the national ‘picture’ of missing. Adding to the Bureau’s knowledge on why people go missing and where they go is essential for Bureau and its services. This project will have a substantial benefit for the Bureau and its partners working in the field of ‘missing’ and Joe is very pleased to be associated with the work.

The Bureau’s website is at

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