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Operation Nightingale - launched

Tuesday 11 December 2012, 2:49pm

Thames Valley Police is launching force-wide campaign, Operation Nightingale.

This operation has been established to identify eight unrelated cases of bodies from fatal incidents that remain unidentified across the Thames Valley, dating back to the 1970’s. It is the initiative of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Review team.

The eight cold cases, which cover Berkshire East, Berkshire West, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire remain unresolved with the victim’s identity yet to be ascertained.

Operation Nightingale has been put in place following a directive from the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) UK Missing Persons Bureau encouraging all police forces nationwide to review outstanding cases of unidentified bodies and remains.

As the only national body tasked with matching missing and unidentified person cases, UK Missing Persons Bureau undertook work to assess the number of unidentified bodies and remains across the UK. These cases are likely to be people who have been reported missing by family or friends and whilst the majority may not have been the victim of a crime, identifying who they are is an important step in providing closure to those families and friends.

Detailed information on all cases can be obtained by contacting the TVP press bureau on

The following information should be included in public appeals:

Anyone with information that can help identify this person should contact police on the non-emergency phone number 101 quoting URN 982 12/11/12 alternatively email

If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Notes for editors:
Contact for images and details of the eight cases of unidentified bodies

Press Bureau
(01865) 846699

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