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In Australia, more than 38,000 missing persons reports are received by police each year. While most people are found within a short period of time, there remain approximately 2,600 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.

Missing Person John Christianos


John Christie was reported missing on the 17 June 2001 from his Bentleigh East Victoria address. He had lived at this address for the previous six months and was normally...

Missing Person Gail King


Gail King, then aged 28 years, was last seen alive at Minlaton on the York Peninsula SA on 7 July 1997. She was reported missing by her de-facto partner on 8 July 1997 when he...

Missing Person Odette Houghton


Odette Houghton had been living in India for around a year after a period of overseas travel. She was last seen by her family in April 1990 in Thailand, and was wearing her hair...

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