When a relative or friend is reported missing, the emotional impact on families and friends can be considerable. It’s important to acknowledge that each person may be affected in their own way, and react differently.

Families and friends of missing persons often speak about feelings of fear, anger, guilt, blame, frustration, helplessness, ambiguity, and isolation. While people may not experience all these emotions, it is important to recognise that any of these responses are normal reactions to an extraordinary situation.

Missing Person Renata Wolanin


During the early hours of 2 August 1989, Renata Wolanin, then aged 41 years, walked out of her home at Linden Park after a domestic dispute with her husband. She has not been...

Rebecca Hayward Northern Territory Missing Person


On 01 January 2017 Rebecca Hayward arrived in Alice Springs from Perth to stay with family. At approximately 8pm that evening, Rebecca left her address in Gillen, Alice...

Missing Persons Max Vidar Castor


Max Castor is a Swedish tourist who disappeared while travelling around Australia. He was dropped off at Port Campbell on 1 April 2005 by a bus company and was seen later...

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