It’s Australian Missing Persons Week (August 1-7) and the Federal Police estimate that around 35,000 people go missing in this country each year.
The campaign focus for 2011 is “when someone goes missing, more that one person is lost”.
Statistics indicate that for every person reported missing, 12 people – including family members, friends and work colleagues – are directly affected and feel the emotional and physical impacts of a missing person each year.
While more than 95 per cent of people reported missing in Australia are located within a short period of time, some 1,600 people still remain missing.
These are some of the children still missing whose families and loved ones are desperate to find.
Quanne was 12 when she went missing on her way to school on 27 July 1998 at Granville, New South Wales. Police believe Quanne was murderered.
Baby Rahma lived with her parents and seven other siblings. The 19-month-old was last seen by her parents when she was put in her bed at 2am on Thursday 10 November, 2005. About six and half hours later at 8.30am it was discovered that she was not in her bed. Lat year police revealed that Rahma could be alive and living overseas, taken out of the country on a false passport. An inquest is expected later in 2011.
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.
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.
Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon
The 13-year-old schoolgirl vanished on June 2, 2011 on her way to school – a 10-minute walk from her Boronia, Victoria home. The case is now with Victoria Police’s homicide squad.