United Kingdom

British Police Open Website to Help Identify Bodies

Hoping to put some cases to rest with help from the public


The body of an unidentified man recovered from the sea off North Wales 30 years ago will be exhumed later this month in the hope that it can be returned to his family.

The exhumation from an unmarked grave at Menai Bridge cemetery, on the Isle of Anglesey, is part of a nationwide attempt by police forces to put names to 1,029 unidentified bodies in the UK dating back to the 1950s.

The national Missing Persons Bureau, which is the driving force behind the work, has established a website containing images and identifying features of the individuals who have remained nameless for so many years, in the hope of closing some of the cases. The site is one of only a few such facilities in the world.