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Missing Persons reports (FOI)

Missing Persons reports (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 05 July 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



How many missing persons reports have been made in Jersey in the last 30 years?


How many people who were reported missing are still missing?


In these cases, what are their details / name, and how long have they been missing for?


How many active missing persons cases are still being investigated by States of Jersey Police?



A “missing person” is defined as “anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established will be considered as missing until located, and their well-being or otherwise confirmed”

College of Policing - missing persons

Missing person reports created and resolved prior to 17 April 2007 are not held. The number of missing person reports received between 17 April 2007 and 20 June 2019 is 8,318. In 2010 a major review into all historic paper records of missing persons was conducted. Only two of these historic cases remain open. Most missing persons are found within hours. The same person may be reported missing several times.


As of 4 July 2019 the number of persons shown as still missing is two.


​Person A

​Female visitor arrived in Jersey in May 1959. It is understood that she intended to meet with friends from Guernsey. She arranged for her suitcase to be delivered to St Helier Harbour, which was later discovered, minus her passport. She had possibly intended to sail back to England on a private yacht.

​Person B

​January 1980 - Female visitor believed to have gone swimming in rough seas.


Any further personal details are exempt under Article 25 (Personal Information) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.


Neither, but both remain subject to periodic review.

Article applied

Article 25 Personal information

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.

(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –

(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and

(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.

(3) In determining for the purposes of this Article whether the lawfulness principle in Article 8(1)(a) of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 would be contravened by the disclosure of information, paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 2 to that Law (legitimate interests) is to be read as if sub-paragraph (b) (which disapplies the provision where the controller is a public authority) were omitted.

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