The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is run by The Australian Federal Police and supports the Missing Persons Units in Australia’s state and territory police forces.
According to the NMPCC 35,000 people go missing in Australia each year. Many of those are located and return to their loved ones but there some – an estimated 1600 per year – who remain missing.
The highest profile missing person case in Australia is that of Queensland Boy Daniel Morcombe. Daniel was abducted on December 7, 2003 while waiting for a bus in Woombye, Queensland. Police believe Daniel was murdered. For details on the investigation go here.
Since Daniel’s abduction, his parents Bruce and Denise have worked tirelessly to find their son and raise awareness through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to teaching personal safety to the young and vulnerable as well as assisting victims of crime.