The first 280 cases on the database have been statistically analysed and relationships have been found between buoyancy of a body and the amount of clothing, age, manner of death, footwear type and fabric type. Experimentation is ongoing to explore these variables further.
The collection of data is ongoing and further analysis will take place once there are 500 cases and this will continue every 200 cases thereafter.
A predictive model has been built so that we could give a statistical percentage of the probability of a body being on the surface or below surface, this will be developed so that we can use the data as a tool to help searchers prioritise search areas.
The Body Recovery From Water Study continues to collect cases which can be submitted via a secure link on the study website or via email
To visit the study website please click bodywaterstudy.co.uk