National Missing Persons Week 2019

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This year marks the 31st year that the National Missing Persons Week campaign has been highlighting missing persons cases across Australia.

Running from 4 to 10 August 2019, the week highlights the 321 long term missing persons cases that remain open investigations in WA.

Missing Persons Unit First Class Constable Joe Burr said the WA Police Force is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of persons reported missing.

“The Missing Persons Unit is made up of highly skilled Investigators and we will leave no stone unturned as we seek to locate the missing people that are reported to us,” he said.

“We want to bring those people back—if they want to come back,” he continued, “and we also want to give the family or the reporting person peace of mind that that person has been located and that the Western Australian Police have done everything in our power to locate that person.” 


Almost 40 000 persons are reported missing in Australia each year. Approximately 1600 of those have been missing for more than 3 months and are considered long term missing persons. 

“We have a number of very close relationships with organisations and agencies that enable us to conduct checks into the possible whereabouts of an individual. 

“We work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and we also work with Interpol,” First Class Constable Burr said. 

National Missing Persons Week is coordinated by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre through the Australian Federal Police with the support of State and Territory police. 

“I would ask somebody that has been reported missing… to make contact,” First Class Constable Burr said. 

“To make contact either with family, or if they’re not comfortable doing that, they can have confidence that they can make contact with the Police and we’ll make arrangements if need be, to ascertain their welfare.”

If you have any information on missing persons, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.