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Missing Persons, fact and fiction with DI Andy Horton


First three DI Andy Horton novelsThose of you who have read the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels will know that Andy's mother, Jennifer, abandoned him when he was ten years old. He was told  that she had run off with a lover. Traumatized by her desertion, and the callous comments from those who looked after him in care along with taunts from the kids at school, he has tried to put his hurt and anger behind him.  He finally succeeds with the help of  his last and loving foster parents and his marriage to Catherine and the birth of their daughter, Emma. But all that is about to change.

In the first in the series, TIDE OF DEATH, Andy Horton is back in CID after an eight month suspension following a charge of gross misconduct, falsely as it turns out but the damage has been done.  His marriage is over and Catherine refuses to let him see their daughter. But Andy has a point to prove, he's still a good cop and innocent of all accusations

Then in number 3 in the series THE SUFFOCATING SEA, Horton discovers that there is a lot more to Jennifer's disappearance than he's been told and that over the years many people have lied to him. Her disappearance was cursorily investigated, quickly forgotten and buried and many clearly want it to remain that way. This sets Horton off on the search for the truth.

In each novel Horton unearths clues which edge him closer to finding out what really happened after she vanished on a foggy November night.

Horton’s CID patch is Portsmouth, where he also lives on board a small boat in a marina, since his estrangement from his wife, Catherine.

The University of Portsmouth Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (CSMP)


In FATAL CATCH, number 12 in the Horton series, a Dr Carolyn Grantham shows up claiming to be attached to the University of Portsmouth Centre for the Study of Missing Persons researching into missing persons cases. She wants background information about Jennifer from Horton. He is reluctant to give it, not only because he finds it hard to talk about his feelings surrounding Jennifer’s disappearance and his time spent in care, but because he's not sure who he can trust.

The study of missing persons is fascinating and heart-breaking.

The University of Portsmouth Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (CSMP) does a fantastic job working with  researchers and other interested parties - students, academics, charities, police and relatives to communicate, research and exchange information about missing persons.

The National Crime Agency UK Missing Persons Bureau


The National Crime Agency UK Missing Persons Bureau is the UK national and international point of contact for all missing person and unidentified body investigations.

They provide support and advice to police forces in order to resolve cases and act as a hub for the exchange of information and expertise in this area.

They also maintain the national database of missing and unidentified records.

On their website there is a search facility for some of the unidentified cases to see if anyone can help establish identity.

Others who can help are:

 

Facts


Each year The National Crime Agency Missing Persons Bureau record around 120 unidentified cases, and has about 1,200 open unidentified cases on their database.


For 2018/2019 382,960 calls were made to the police about a missing person

The number of missing persons was recorded as 199,634 in England and Wales

The highest percentage of females who go missing are aged between 12-17 at 48.6%

The percentages for males who go missing are: aged between 0 -11years 69.2%   12- 17years 51.0%  18 - 39 years 60.4%  40 - 59 years  65.6% 60years +  63.3%

12.8% are high risk; 68.1% medium risk;  11.0% low risk and  8.1% no apparent risk


Plenty of information there and food for thought.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MARCH 19TH, 2021 @ 6:13:47 GMT
 
 


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