Bring Up the Bodies

Published in The Sunday Times November 1 2015

Her forensic expertise has helped police to catch some of Britain’s worst sex offenders. Now, as Dr Helen Meadows leads thousands of amateur sleuths on a mission to identify a dead body in Dundee, she tells Audrey Gillan about our growing fascination with CSI science

The rain pours down relentlessly, and the woman walking her dog over a grassy brow brings a tartan umbrella closer to her head. The border collie is off the lead and has no care for the glowering sky, running through shrubbery and into a wooded copse. When she returns there’s a bone between her teeth, one she’s refusing to let go. The woman calls the police.