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Missing Persons Unit
The Vancouver Police Department's Missing Persons Unit handles over 4,000 cases per year, including:
- juveniles and adults reported missing
- letters received from around the world requesting assistance in locating a lost relative or friend
- requests for assistance from other police departments
- child abductions by parents or strangers
At the end of each year, cases outstanding (not resolved) usually number from five to a dozen, depending on the circumstances of the disappearance. Most, if not all, unsolved cases are adults.
The Missing Persons Unit also includes the Coroner's Liaison.
The Coroner's Liaison works with both the VPD and the B.C. Coroners Service in investigations involve a death. The Liaison assists in identifying victims and locating next-of-kin, deals with any property that has been seized, and ensures that necessary follow-up investigations and reports are done.
VPD Missing Persons Policy
The VPD recognizes the importance of investigating missing persons cases in a timely manner, particularly when children, the elderly, or persons with mental / physical challenges are involved.
If a missing person was last seen by a witness in another jurisdiction, the police agency in that jurisdiction is responsible for the investigation. If, for some reason, that jurisdiction does not investigate, the VPD will take the report.
The safety and welfare of a missing person is always the most important consideration.