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Orphaned at Fifteen -- How Will Local Councils Act?/Unknown Person Death plus Missing Person Link

Setting: Harlsden, Borough of Brent, London (yes, I am that specific). Set in a modern-day, modern-tech verison of the world, with the minor difference that people with supernatural abilities exist.

Background: A character of mine burns to death as a result of his emerging powers (ability to control fire without much control or fire resistant abilities) -- he was on his way home from an evening catching up with one of his old friends and thus doesn't die near his house. He burns up at an approximate temperature of 4,000°C, leaving no method with which to identify him (such as dental records/DNA scraping). He is reported missing by his daughter when he's not there the next morning.

Questions: 1) Forensics ends up with a 'John Doe'/unknown person's body; police end up with a missing person report filed soon after. Would they risk trying to join the dots and seeing if the John Doe is the missing person, or would both cases remain unsolved? This is not a major point, but I would like to know if I can give the daughter any closure regarding her father or whether they'll have to wait seven years to get the "missing, presumed dead" explanation.

2) This is the main one. The daughter, Jessica, is fifteen years old and upon her father going missing is now technically an orphan. I've read up on councils naturally prefering to keep children with relatives, and a recent news report on some children being orphaned under the care of their aunt, but what I'm struggling on is just how the local council will arrange this -- will they give Jessica preference for the family member that she stays with, what kind of processes will she go through. Will Jessica be put temporarily in to a social home while this is sorted out, and if so what will happen to her/her father's home in the meantime? I have no idea what to expect on this, and as Jessica is one of the major characters I can't skip over this without some kind of explanation.

Search Terms: Orphaned in the uk, orphaned in the uk social care, orphaned in the uk close family, and multiple search terms attempting to remove results related to animals, copyright orphans, non-UK orphans (due to various scenarios).
Tags: uk: government (misc), uk: government: law enforcement, ~custody & social services, ~forensics (misc)

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