Friday, 14 December 2012

Thames Valley Police Cold Case Operation

Thames Valley Police has launched a 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 UK Missing Persons Bureau ( encouraging all police forces nationwide to review outstanding cases of unidentified bodies and remains.

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.

Anyone with information that can help identify any of the people in these cases 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.

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