With the recent tragic news that Sarah Everard’s body has been located, I thought as Founder of Change My Face, I would share my perspective both from a female point of view and in my previous role for Missing People supporting families and friends of those who have someone missing. Having grown up in London it is terrifying to know that each and every one of us could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. My thoughts go to Sarah’s family and friends.
In my previous career, I worked as a forensic artist for The Missing People Charity in London which was started by 2 sisters (one of whom Mary Asprey OBE sadly died last week) after the Estate Agent Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986. Suzy left her office in the middle of a fine sunny day to show ‘Mr Kipper’ a house and has never been seen since having seemingly disappeared into thin air. Having someone missing lives with you night and day as you are always wondering where they are and hoping they will one day walk through the door. Even finding a body can bring closure, even though it’s the worst case scenario.
Missing People provides unending support to families and friends, long after police investigations are closed or put on hold. I think it’s important to note that some cases like Sarah’s can go on for years, so in case anyone would like to be proactive, you can offer support in the wake of tragedy like Sarah’s.
Stay safe everyone!
Auriole Prince (Founder & CEO Change My Face)