Case Review – Missing Person Investigation Clinic

Long term missing people cases remain some of the hardest to resolve. Resolving a case can depend on the quality of the initial missing people investigation.  Val Nettles son Damien went missing over 23 years ago on the Isle of Wight. Val is clear that ‘mistakes in the early days of an investigation impact the entire case and result in too many long-term cases remaining unsolved.’

The police have limited capacity to ensure all unsolved cases are reviewed effectively. We need new and innovative ways to support families and friends of missing people and the police service. There are outstanding examples already in action in other parts of the world. The Cold Research Institute in America was developed by Sheryl McCollum. The Institute is composed of over 600 experts and 5,000 student volunteers from colleges and universities across America.

We have adapted this approach for unsolved missing people cases.

We bring former detectives together with the public to apply their talents and help investigate and review unsolved cases at no cost to families. Our team have experienced major crime review officers, investigators, data analysis and open source intelligence expertise. We are able to review cases independently to ensure all that can reasonably be done in an investigation is being done.

Not all missing people cases have an advocate. The UK NCA Missing Person Unit maintain a website to publicise information about unidentified people and remains, enlisting the public to help maximise the chances of identification. There are nearly  1,000 unidentified bodies or body parts. At MPIC we help to identify these people through our network of specialist volunteers and dedicated investigators.

We provide a resource for families, the general public, agencies and the police service. We provide a focal point for families to help understand the processes of missing people investigation, particularly if they remain unsolved for extended periods. We help communicate with the police service and ensure that account  information is exchanged.

If you have a case that you need reviewed or assistance with, please contact us via email with a brief outline of the case.

Case Review

Our missing people investigation clinics (MPIC) are a free independent review and advocacy service for the families of missing people. We bring specialist teams together from a variety of investigative backgrounds to review unsolved missing people cases at no cost to families.


We have a network of leading specilists in unsolved murder and missing people investigations. Our teams include former detectives and intelligence specialists working to develop innovative techniques or applying new solutions to advance missing people investigations. 


Communities are the greatest resources in advancing missing people investigations. Working directly with communities to develop a model of sharing information together to advance unsolved and missing people cases. We work with people who understand their communties.


We seek to find and develop talent in field of missing people investigation. We work together with the universities of South Wales and Central Lancashire, where teams take on real world challenges working side by side with specialists on unsolved missing people cases.