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AFP launch updated framework to support those with a missing loved one

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) today launched an updated missing persons framework in collaboration with the University of New England and public health researcher Dr Sarah Wayland.

Acknowledging the Empty Space: A framework to enhance support of people left behind when someone is missing provides an update to the 2007...

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Traceless postcards offer gift of hope this Christmas

A message on a traceless postcard could help to reconnect families living with the grief and uncertainty of a missing loved one this Christmas.

The Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), Australia Post, and the Salvation Army are working together to provide non-traceable, postage-paid postcards, to those in the community disconnected...

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Sending a message of hope to loved ones this Christmas

For those families living without ‘knowing’ what has happened to a loved one the impact can be described as an emotional ‘roller-coaster’. An item, place or smell may revive a memory of that person, evoking an unexpected emotional change. Families often describe important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries as acting like triggers, bringing on both happy and sad memories from family...

Missing Persons Advocate: Melissa Pouliot

Melissa is a woman who wears many hats; wife, mum of three, cricket mum, dance mum, media company owner, outdoors lover, book lover and keen mountain bike rider. You would think she wouldn’t have much time to relax, but around her busy schedule, Melissa manages to write crime fiction novels and speak around the country advocating on behalf of families of missing persons.

 

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Missing Person SA Michael Modesti

A missing son, brother and father

Michael as a young child was a quiet boy who didn't like sleepovers much, always preferring to be at home alongside his Papa. But whilst quiet, he was also cheeky especially in the company of his family. Back then VHS recordings were our family’s thing. A big black recorder was carried around like a beat box and captured all the special events. Any family member reading this will vividly...

The missing artist

Naz was a special son.

He was different – quiet, caring and always wearing a big cheeky smile that would warm your heart.

I miss him waking me up on the weekends with a coffee or breakfast, begging me to watch a movie or just start the day. He had a zest for life and would never let me sleep in. I don’t know why but, once he’d forced me out of bed, Naz would often head straight...

Missing from a town of 12

He was your typical Aussie larrikin –

Patrick (Paddy) Moriarty, long term resident of Larrimah NT and 1996 Darwin Rodeo Steer Champion, was last seen on 16 December 2017 when he left his house on his quad bike with his best girl – his kelpie ‘Kellie’.

Paddy loved a XXXX Gold and a yarn with any tourists or ‘grey nomads’ making their way through the tiny town of 11 residents. It...

When in India

Odette Houghton had been living abroad in India for over a year when she disappeared around August 1991. In April 1990 she had attended her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary celebrations in Phuket, Thailand. Little did her parents know this would be the last time that they saw their daughter.

Regular contact with Odette ceased in August 1991 and the Houghton family have been...

A man without a name

A body was found by WA Police after being struck by a train on 7 March 1998, but unfortunately his identity still remains a mystery to this day.

WA Police Senior Constable Jen Robinson led the search for a family member, a friend – anyone who might have known the man but found no one.

Although ‘John Doe’ has been missing since 1998, we do not know if he is missed.

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NSW missing person Youliang Lin

Missing persons and dementia

On the 15 September 2017, Youliang Lin took himself for a walk. A seemingly normal activity for most people however, Youliang suffered from dementia and thus required ongoing support from his family to ensure his safety when he had ongoing bouts of memory loss. Unfortunately it was on this day that Youliang did not return home and sadly has not been seen since.

Youliang’s granddaughter...

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Missing Person Ivica Sinozic

Ivica SINOZIC

On 10 April 1983, a white Datsun 120Y station sedan was located about 400 km east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Both registration plates and the vehicle...

Missing Person Shane Flanders

Shane FLANDERS

Shane Flanders was last seen on 28 January 2016.    He is described as 29 years of age, Caucasian, slim build, 180cm tall, scruffy brown hair and beard and blue...

Missing Person Amelia Hausia

Amelia HAUSIA

Amelia Hausia was last seen by her family at her home on 17 December 1992. She was upset after a fight with her boyfriend. The last sighting of Amelia was at the Woden Plaza...

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