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Australia has over 2,600 long term missing persons cases, and over 35,000 people are reported missing each year. Around 98% of all persons are located.
The internet is a great source of distributing information about missing persons. From Amber Alerts to information on what to do in situations. There are registers, both official and unofficial, and social media pages dedicated to spreading the word. At PeopleSearch.com.au you’ll find resources to aid each step.
You do not need to wait 24 hours!
A common misconception when reporting someone missing is that you need to wait 24 hours before doing so. This is simply not true, as the first 24 hours after a disappearance can be the most crucial. You can report a person missing at any time their whereabouts are unknown and you have serious concerns for their safety and well being. You may also report adults missing if you have concerns for their safety.
When making a report it can assist Police with their efforts if you bring along a photograph, names and addresses of friends, associates, workplaces etc. Also, any medications they may require, bank account details and a full description.
If you believe someone is missing overseas you may place a report with your local police, and they will lodge the information DFAT and if appropriate Interpol.
Public Registers of Missing People
There are several public missing persons registers covering people missing in Australia. Some are dedicated to Australia only, whilst several international registries also cover Australians.
An official register is held by the AFP. It details persons that have been missing for 3 months or longer.
Private and charitable registers have been established to help spread the word.
You'll also find a People Finder Missing Persons Register right here. It was first established back in 2004, and was recently brought up to date and given a refresh with the latest details and information.
What is an Amber Alert?
This is an urgent media release put out by state and territory police for immediate distribution. It is used in time critical situations where a child is abducted or deemed a high risk case. These are then distributed by media outlets and on social media to alert the public, raise awareness and help bring gather information as quickly as possible.
An Amber Alert is an excellent tool to assist Police by involving the general public quickly.
Did you know?
Every 18 minutes someone is reported missing to police in Australia; 30,000 are reported missing every year.
Source: Counting the cost of missing persons - NMPU 2003