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Missing Persons

Every day in New South Wales, 22 people are reported missing. For their family and friends the wait for contact or information can be agonising. The good news however is that the NSW Police Missing Persons Unit is here to help find your loved one.

Ninety-nine percent of missing people reported to the Unit are located, often thanks to the assistance of those who report them missing. Take ‘time out’ to collect your thoughts so you can start us looking in the right direction.

When you go to a police station to file a missing persons report it will help us if you bring along the following information:


  • a recent photograph of the missing person.
  • a list of the names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and associates.
  • likely destinations eg: favourite places, work locations or places with past connections.
  • any medical requirements or medications they need.
  • a full description of the missing person including height, weight, colour of eyes and hair.
  • bank account details.

It is important for people to be aware that going missing is not a crime and that it is the aim of the New South Wales Police Service to ascertain if the missing person is safe and well.


Our DutyThe NSW Police Service will undertake investigations to find all persons reported missing where there are concerns for that person’s welfare.

The Missing Persons Unit will assist in the coordination of all missing persons inquiries.

Have you seen these people?

Do you have family or friends who have disappeared? Who have vanished leaving no point of contact or explanation? Do you know of people who have disappeared?

In 1998 alone more than 7000 people were reported missing in New South Wales, and more than 27,000 Australia wide. Sixty per cent of people reported missing are under the age of 18.

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Who will help you?

There are many agencies that specialise in finding missing people. These agencies have national and international contacts. The people who work at these agencies understand how you feel. Some of them actually experienced the trauma of having someone they care about go missing. They want to help you. They all work as a team. They share information and work tirelessly to find each missing person.

One thought on “Report Missing Persons

  • Jeannae Parker

    I am a journalism student at the University of Wollongong. I am part of a group working on a project about missing persons and we are reaching out for people interested in sharing their story. I understand this is a sensitive topic and your story will be handled with care. If you are interested in participating, or you’d like more information about the project, please send me a message. I would love to hear from you! Thank you.
    Please email me at


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