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  • 20 November 2012, 15:53

Photos Of Unidentified Bodies Posted Online

Pictures of unidentified bodies have been uploaded to a new police website in the hope of finding out who they are.

The websitefeatures images of some of the 1,000 people the Missing Persons Bureau has on file.

As a precaution any thought to be distressing are marked with a warning and require confirmation before viewing.

The site also lists the age, ethnicity, hair and eye colour of those featured, as well as a description of the clothing they were wearing and any distinguishing features, such as tattoos and piercings.

Bureau manager Joe Apps said: "The aim of the new site is to bring closure to the families and friends of the people featured.

"With new unidentified person cases we rely on modern forensic techniques for identification, but on older cases we look to use every tool available and believe that publicity is the best chance of getting images recognised."

He added: "This will be the first time families of missing people have been able to search through records for themselves and it will empower families to play an active part in the search for their loved ones."

As well as bodies, the website will also feature living people, including those who have lost their memory.

Users are able to search through the cases - some dating back to the 1960s - and provide information about the people featured.

Any relevant details are then passed to the police or the coroner in charge of the case.

The Missing Persons Bureau, which was set up four years ago, records around 15 unidentified bodies every month.

Its website is similar to three in the US. Police in Switzerland and Belgium have also posted the details of unidentified people online to help with their investigations.

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