Persons identified by a medical practitioner as suffering from a mental illness; they may be undergoing treatment, either at home or in an appropriate unit. Gibb and Woolnough's Grampian Study provides a useful discussion about some of these illnesses.

By Terrain

Male Female Other Total
Crag / Broken Ground 2 0 0 2
Farmland 10 14 2 26
Moorland / Upland 9 3 2 14
Not Specified 1 0 0 1
Plantation (dense) 8 1 0 9
Urban 23 14 6 43
Water Margin 3 2 1 6
Woodland / Parkland 7 3 0 10
Total: 63 37 11 111

By Outcome

n %
Unknown 16 14.4%
Fatality 17 15.3%
Unhurt 51 45.9%
No Trace 13 11.7%
Minor Injury 12 10.8%
Serious Injury 2 1.8%

This is significantly different from all the other categories on account of the high proportion of missing persons who were not found (‘no trace’); it is worth noting
that 9 of the 10 persons who were not found were male.

By Location Found

n
Habitation 25
Linear Feature 6
Not Found 24
Open Ground 9
Travel Aid 28
Trees 13
Water 6

The locations at which missing persons in this category were found when missing in an urban environment were significantly different from the locations at which they were found when missing in other environments; no significant gender difference was found.

The following additional information was provided with regard to one incident for which the location was reported as ‘open ground’: found hiding in bushes.

Distance From IPP (Km)

10% 0 Km
20% 0 Km
30% 0.1 Km
40% 0.5 Km
50% 1 Km
60% 1.7 Km
70% 2.3 Km
80% 7.3 Km
90% 12.3 Km
100% 150 Km

Possible Scenarios

Based on the information given above, some of the following comments will probably occur in the most likely scenarios for missing persons in this category. In practice, the search manager should not rule out other plausible scenarios.

  • The missing person is likely to be found alive (79% of incidents)
  • For incidents in urban areas the missing person is likely to be found in a building (11 out of 19 incidents)
  • For incidents in other types of the terrain the missing person is likely to be found on a travel aid (41%)
  • The missing person is likely to be found within 1 km of the IPP (50% of incidents)
Category Information from 2011 Study

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