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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.

Missing Person Sherrlynn Mitchell

Sherrlynn MITCHELL

On 22 November 1973 Sherrlynn left her home address in Ballarat to meet a friend at the bus stop. When the friend’s bus arrived Sherrlynn was not there to meet it. Sherrlynn...

Missing Person Bach Ngyuen


Bach Nguyen, then aged 29, was last seen leaving his sister’s home in Waterloo on the evening of Sunday 18 May 2008. Mr Nguyen’s Toyota Rav4 was found by police abandoned in...

Missing Person Harry Houston


Henry "Harry" Houston, of Whyalla SA, then aged 50 years, has been missing since 30 October 2009. The last confirmed sighting of him was around midday when he left a...

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