Phase IV - Identification and Return of Remains

Phase IV - Identification and Return of Remains

1. Reconciliation of Information Phase

Following anthropological and genetic analyses, scientists meet with the Identification Coordinator at the CAL to reconcile all the available information for each case.  During these meetings, the ante-mortem data and circumstances of disappearance obtained from the investigative teams are compared with the post-mortem data and DNA results obtained from the anthropological and genetic analyses.  If the comparison of the ante-mortem and post-mortem information is consistent and no discrepancies are observed, the Identification Coordinator proceeds to the identification of the missing person.

2. Return of Remains of Missing Individuals

Once the CMP formally identifies the remains of a missing person, the families concerned are informed without delay by the respective Cypriot Member of the Committee. Families notified of the identification of their missing relative(s) are offered the possibility to meet with scientists involved in the identification process and to view the remains in a facility located next to the CMP anthropological laboratory in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia.

 The remains of the identified individuals are returned to the relatives concerned. Each family receives a contribution from the CMP towards the funeral costs. Additionally, the respective Cypriot Members of the CMP will try to assist with practical organisational requirements if necessary. 

A team of psychologists from each community provides psycho-social support to family members at various key stages of the process. This support is also available upon request by a family member of a missing person at any moment.