What is a missing person?

In Australia, a missing person is defined as:

Anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.

While there is a single definition used by police to describe a missing person, there are a variety of different circumstances which fit that description. A missing person may be a victim of misadventure, someone suffering from a health related issue (i.e. dementia), someone needing time out, or simply someone not where they are expected to be.

People talk about ‘missing’ in different ways including disappearance, abduction, homelessness, running away, couch surfing, sleeping rough, going walkabout or heading off. Missing persons can be of any age, gender, ethnicity, or background and the reasons why people go missing are many and varied.

Long term missing persons

When a missing persons case lasts longer than three months, the case is considered to be long term. Every missing persons case remains active until the missing person is located.

There are some circumstances where a person does not fit the police definition of a missing person but where loved ones are feeling the same loss due to their absence.

Missing Person Scott John Redman

Scott John REDMAN

Scott John Redman was last seen near Kimba, South Australia on Saturday afternoon, 21st April 2018.

Scott was last seen in a motor vehicle travelling west on the Eyre...

Place holder image for missing person Cheryl Hawkin

Cheryl HAWKING

Cheryl Hawking was the mother of a five year old son and was three months pregnant at the time of her disappearance.

Cheryl engaged in long solitary walks around...

Missing Person Donelle Newberry

Donelle NEWBERRY

Donelle Newberry was last seen with a group of people sitting in a creek bed outside of the town site of Warburton Western Australia. Exact dates are not known but it was...

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