I feel competent in US investigation techniques, and feel that I can best speak on cases from that perspective.
But, volumes of missing persons cases exist worldwide.
And sadly, the investigation into the disappearance of Piers Hopson was recently closed:
(EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND) The family and friends of St Leonards man Piers Hopson paid their last respects to him at his funeral and thanksgiving service on Tuesday.Coordinating law enforcement efforts when multiple countries are involved is complex, but I hope French and English authorities are able to provide better services to their citizens when something like this happens again.
Scores of people gathered at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Crowborough for prayer and to pay tribute to him...
Piers, 35, who lived in Southwater Road, St Leonards, suffered from Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism.
He disappeared on January 25, 2010 from his care home after saying he was going on a walk. The last sighting of him was in Rock-a-Nore Road.
His family spent two-and-a-half years searching for him, distributing posters with his face on across Sussex, Kent and beyond.
Numerous possible sightings of Piers were made and reported to police, but none were confirmed.
His sister, Abigail Gutteridge, took the search online by setting up a Facebook page, called Help Find Piers Hopson, which drew more than 2,000 followers.
Piers’ family even offered a £10,000 reward for his safe return and made numerous televised appeals and in the local media.
But Piers’ body had already been found eight miles off Newhaven in September 2010 by a French trawler and taken back to France.
It took until April this year for his remains to be formally identified despite a DNA profile being taken a year earlier.
Piers’ family were told the devastating news by police in June after the results were passed on to Sussex Police.
Mr Hopson, in his tribute at Tuesday’s service, thanked Sussex Police, the charity Missing People, the media and everyone who helped in the family’s search for Piers...
Making the family wait for years for an identification to be made is inexcusable.
Also there maybe something omitted in the article, but I can't imagine being a sea captain, pulling a body out of the water eight miles off the coast of a country and not returning to the closest port or even giving local authorities a "head's up" about what was found.
Anyway, kudos to the organization Missing People, a United Kingdom charity, for publicizing the Piers Hopson story and search prior to the discovery of his body.
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