Missing Persons in bodies drive

The National Missing Persons Helpline (NMPH) is set to get a publicity boost for its little-known unidentified bodies service.

The charity has teamed up with the two-month-old satellite TV channel The Crime & Investigation Network, which has agreed to show 30-second broadcasts of individual cases 20 times a week.

The NMPH has regular slots with nationals to help track down runaways, but it is the first time it has used a regular media slot to help identify ‘cold case' bodies.

Head of comms Ross Miller said the NMPH's ID & Reconstruction department was ‘often forgotten' and the exposure generated by the channel would raise its profile among police forces.

‘It can be difficult to "sell in" dead bodies as a news story, but this partnership will give us a hook with charity and trade media,' he said.

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