Publications

For education and support

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) develops a number of publications to educate, inform and support families and friends of missing persons, police, professionals and the general public.

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The SOS Guide: Missing Persons

Every missing person investigation will be different depending on the individual circumstances of a disappearance. The SOS Guide: Missing Persons (2017) (5 MB) has been developed to provide general guidance on how to navigate legal and practical matters during the disappearance of a family member or friend.

 

Supporting those left behind

Providing support to families and friends of missing persons is a role that can fall to police, support agencies, health practitioners, or other family and friends.

There is currently no model of counselling that allows health practitioners and professionals to adequately explore the specific needs of families who are left behind. While there is grief support available, it does not take into account the long-term ramifications of never gaining closure when a loved one's location remains unknown.

In response to this, the NMPCC has developed Supporting those who are left behind (2007) (PDF 1MB). This national counselling framework aims to assist health practitioners and professionals in understanding the trauma and impact on families of missing persons and how they can best support those who are left behind.

Factsheets - Using the media

Using the media

Missing Person Elisha (Sam) Karmas

Elisha KARMAS

Elisha (Sam) Karmas was last seen about 2pm on 11 August 2011 in Punchbowl, when he went to the neighbour’s house to assist them with repairing the doors. Sam left on...

Missing Person Martin Cowan

Martin COWAN

Martin Cowan last made contact with family from Gympie on 31 July 2005. Martin’s bicycle was located in bush land near his home in Gympie. No further contact has been made...

Missing Person Glenyce McGowan

Glenyce Rae McGOWAN

During December 1975, Glenyce McGowan set off from Perth to travel to Tom Price to visit a friend. She obtained a lift from a family friend stopping at various locations....

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