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Episode 8

“The challenges around search and rescue is that just getting there, making sure it’s all going as planned.”

Craig Collie


Dr Craig Collie is a Search and Rescue Volunteer and academic in the field of Missing Persons. It’s not all helicopters and sniffer dogs though. Craig takes Karen through the decisions police forces have to make when searching for a missing person and how search and rescue teams can be a vital support in this.

He also discusses how different bodies collaborate with police, often across borders, to assist in search missions and how analysts have worked out some metrics for predicting the behaviour of missing persons with different mental health conditions.

Craig also discusses the role that families can and should play in the search and rescue process as well as the kinds of protocols that nations put in place for large scale missing persons events, such as natural disasters.


Craig Collie

Craig has been a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice since September 2016. His main research interests focus on Missing People, with his PhD exploring the differences between attempted and completed cases of stranger child abduction. His research also emphasises Search and Rescue, with a particular interest in Lowland search teams and how they interact with their role.

In his role as lecturer, Craig is involved at teaching at all levels throughout the University, from lecturing and seminar leading at undergraduate level, to running research workshops for post-graduates. He is currently coordinator for Missing Persons:Issues and Investigation, a module which launched in 2018.

Prior to joining the department, Craig was a Special Constable in Scotland, and was later self-employed as a Private Investigator. Outside the University, Craig is a volunteer Search Technician with Hampshire Search and Rescue.


  1. International Commission on Missing Persons
  2. Missing Persons – International Committe of the Red Cross
  3. Missing Persons Handbook of Research
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