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In Australia, more than 38,000 people are reported missing each year. While most people are found within a short period of time, there remain approximately 1,600 long term missing persons; those who have been missing for more than three months. Missing persons’ cases are investigated by State and Territory police.

Who is missing?

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) uses a variety of methods including this website to profile missing persons across the country. Our promotion of missing persons includes; Missing Persons Posters, Facebook and social media, outdoor advertising, partnerships with corporate supporters and through events such as International Missing Children’s Day and National Missing Persons Week.

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Please note: the cases listed do not represent every missing person in Australia that has been reported to police. The NMPCC profiles cases provided by State and Territory Missing Persons Units when the missing person is considered long-term. If you are searching for a specific missing person, or a person matching a specific description, please see our site search tips page.

Leslie Toshack mising person in New South Wales

Leslie TOSHACK

Leslie Toshack was last seen in Paddington. He and Joanne Lacey left a note to say they were going to hitch hike to Northern NSW or Queensland for a...

Missing Person Giuseppe Joe Iannella

Giuseppe IANNELLA

Missing presumed murdered.

Giuseppe “Joe” Iannella, then aged 46 years, lived with his wife and four children at the family dairy farm on Lake Plains Road,...

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...

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