European police to collaborate on identifying missing people
Dutch police hope better cooperation between neighbouring countries will help in identifying bodies that have been washed up on coast.20 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch police are hosting a two-day meeting with colleagues from a number of European countries to discuss the exchange of information on missing persons.
The meeting, which starts on Tuesday, was prompted by the difficult task of identifying bodies washed up on the Dutch coast.
Strong currents mean that such bodies may well have originated in neighbouring countries. As local authorities are usually only aware of who is missing in The Netherlands, the identity of the victims is often impossible to establish.
It is hoped that better cooperation between European police forces will improve the situation. In addition, modern pathological research methods will help to facilitate the identification process.
Since the 1980s, around 700 bodies have been washed up on the Dutch coast alone, of which nearly 500 have been successfully identified.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]