Thought I’d share this BBC article, which was prompted by the police locating a man who disappeared in 2015. They found him alive and well, living in the woods near a town called Wisbech in the Fens. The man, an immigrant to the UK who was originally from Lithuania, had apparently gone missing on purpose because he was being “exploited” which in this context I think means enslaved.
For the article the BBC interviewed, among other people, a University of Glasgow professor who is “an expert in the geography of missing people.” From the article:
Most missing people, she said, disappeared for a day or two. Cases of long-term missing people were far less common.
Smartphones, social media, CCTV and bank cards can now document our every move, making it more difficult to escape.
But in her study of 40 missing people, many were “very aware” of the locations of CCTV cameras and avoided travelling by bus or train where their image might be caught on camera.
“It surprised us how, in the midst of a crisis and when big emotions are happening, these people managed to navigate such things,” said Prof Parr.
“People are incredibly resourceful.”
Prof Parr said many of those who had disappeared kept moving while missing.
Far more rare, she said, were cases of people “making home”, whether in a deserted building or in woodland, for example.