For Immediate Release April 22, 2005 The U.S. Department of Justice is developing a national strategy to improve the identification of missing persons and unidentified dead. On Thursday. April 28, and Friday, April 29, law enforcement officials, policymakers, coroners and medical examiners, forensic scientists, and family members of the long-term missing will meet in Philadelphia for the "Identifying the Missing" Conference. At the conference, the audience will hear about and discuss the challenges and gaps in the current systems for identifying missing persons, ways to improve dissemination about missing persons, ideas for maximizing resources, and strategies for improving collaboration across fields and jurisdictions so policies and practices are more effective. Robert Cooke, the father of missing Rachel Cooke, will attend the conference and speak on the "Reporting the Missing" panel. Robert's daughter, Rachel Cooke, went jogging on the morning of January 10, 2002, and never returned.