Handbook of Missing Persons

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
  • Caroline Sturdy Colls

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Stephen J. Morewitz, Caroline Sturdy Colls
    Pages 1-5
  3. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 63-75
  4. Sanna J. Thompson, Stephanie Begun, Kimberly Bender
    Pages 77-91
  5. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 93-104
  6. James Michael Lampinen, Kara N. Moore
    Pages 145-162
  7. Joyce Kim, Jackie Leach Scully, Sara Huston Katsanis
    Pages 163-175
  8. María Saiz, Maria Jesus Alvarez-Cubero, Juan Carlos Alvarez, Jose Antonio Lorente
    Pages 177-189
  9. Ksenija Butorac, Ljiljana Mikšaj-Todorović, Mislav Stjepan Žebec
    Pages 207-231
  10. James Michael Lampinen, William Blake Erickson, Charlie D. Frowd, Gregory Mahoney
    Pages 251-269
  11. Eric J. Bartelink, Colleen F. Milligan, Caroline Sturdy Colls
    Pages 271-294
  12. Edna Sadayo Miazato Iwamura, Marco Aurélio Guimarães, Martin Paul Evison
    Pages 337-352
  13. Roland A. H. van Oorschot, Bianca Szkuta, Timothy J. Verdon, R. John Mitchell, Kaye N. Ballantyne
    Pages 353-363
  14. María Saiz, Maria Jesus Alvarez-Cubero, Juan Carlos Alvarez, Jose Antonio Lorente
    Pages 365-377
  15. Joyce Kim, Sara Huston Katsanis
    Pages 379-387
  16. Sarah Fieldhouse, Karen Stow
    Pages 389-413
  17. Martin Paul Evison, Edna Sadayo Miazato Iwamura, Marco Aurélio Guimarães, Damian Schofield
    Pages 427-441
  18. Eric J. Bartelink, Amy T. Mackinnon, Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, Brett J. Tipple, Lesley A. Chesson
    Pages 443-462
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 575-585

About this book


This ambitious multidisciplinary volume surveys the science, forensics, politics, and ethics involved in responding to missing persons cases. International experts across the physical and social sciences offer data, case examples, and insights on best practices, new methods, and emerging specialties that may be employed in investigations. Topics such as secondary victimization, privacy issues, DNA identification, and the challenges of finding victims of war and genocide highlight the uncertainties and complexities surrounding these cases as well as possibilities for location and recovery. This diverse presentation will assist professionals in accessing new ideas, collaborating with colleagues, and handling missing persons cases with greater efficiency—and potentially greater certainty.

Among the Handbook’s topics:

·A profile of missing persons: some key findings for police officers.

·Missing persons investigations and identification: issues of scale, infrastructure, and political will.

·Pregnancy and parenting among runaway and homeless young women.

·Estimating the appearance of the missing: forensic age progression in the search for missing persons.

·The use of trace evidence in missing persons investigations.

·The Investigation of historic missing persons cases: genocide and “conflict time” human rights abuses.

The depth and scope of its expertise make the Handbook of Missing Persons useful for criminal justice and forensic professionals, health care and mental health professionals, social scientists, legal professionals, policy leaders, community leaders, and military personnel, as well as for the general public.


Alzheimer's disease Antemortem Dental Records DNA analysis DNA typing Dementia Forensic Odontology International Commission of Missing Persons' Morphological Identification compromised samples crime scene reconstruction endangered runaway family reunions with former missing persons forensic botany and geology forensic entomology forensic palynology homeless youth human remains human-centered intelligent web-based identifying missing persons identifying missing persons

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
    • 1
  • Caroline Sturdy Colls
    • 2
  1. 1.Nursing and Health SciencesCalifornia State University, East BaySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Forensic Archaeology and Genocide, InvestigationStaffordshire UniversityStaffordshireUnited Kingdom

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