Missing Presumed Murdered (10908/19)

Request

I am conducting a research project with the University of South Wales on long-term missing people and no-body murders.

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your police force.

Since 1980 to present date, I would like to know the number of missing persons presumed murdered, their names, their age, gender, area (postcode), ethnicity, whether the victim was considered vulnerable, the victims employment status and profession, an explanation of why the case is considered homicide, how long the person has been missing, whether a suspect has been prosecuted and, if so, were they convicted? If not, is the case reviewed regularly? Are you currently investigating any no-body murders?

Since 1980 to present date, I would like to know the number of missing persons who have been missing for more than one year, their names, their age, gender, area (postcode), ethnicity, whether the victim was considered vulnerable, the victim’s employment status and profession, how long the person has been missing and whether the case is reviewed regularly or not.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded, please see below links for information regarding no-body murders.  I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/murder-no-body-4978-19/

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/no-body-murder-5782-19/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/6409067.stm

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