Wikidata:Property proposal/status of mortal remains

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status of mortal remains[edit]

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   Under discussion
Descriptionstatus of the mortal remains of a assumed dead person
Data typeItem
Domainhuman (Q5); fictional character (Q95074); organism (Q7239); person (Q215627); legendary figure (Q13002315)
Allowed valuesdisappeared (Q83978538); dead (Q83978562) or others, if they appear.
Example 1Almir Custódio de Lima (Q63069565)disappeared (Q83978538) with ref
Example 2Daniel José de Carvalho (Q17413814)disappeared (Q83978538) with ref
Example 3Maria Lúcia Petit (Q10326010) → deprecated: disappeared (Q83978538); normal rank: dead (Q83978562) all with ref
Planned useAll the 430 disappeared and dead people from the Brazilian dictatorship.


This property is important because it points out the situation of the remains of a dead individual (or assumed to be dead individual). Several databases that I have worked on have this information expressed in one way or another, as seen in the examples. Some cases where this is useful are:

  • Individual A has their remains kidnapped from their grave;
  • Individual B fighting against a dictatorship was killed by the Government, that fails to return their mortal remains to the family.

Ederporto (talk) 21:10, 29 January 2020 (UTC)


  • Status of mortal remains" = "dead" doesn't seem to make sense. Also: how this correlates with cases were individual was buried in X, then relocated to Y, and eventually finally to a mausoleum in Z? And with cases where mortal remains are distributed by a series of places? And presumed to be (also?) in place W?--DarwIn (talk) 15:48, 30 January 2020 (UTC)