Police urge people to consider life without missing people

Edward Faulkner Last seen: Cragieburn, June 19, 1995 Mr Faulkner travelled to Victoria from Sydney to make some deliveries but was involved in a minor accident on the Hume Highway. His truck was found abandoned a short distance away and Mr Faulkner was last seen walking towards a paddock on the eastern side of the highway, he has not been seen since. (Pictures: Australian Federal Police)

Police received more than 53,000 missing persons reports last year, and while the majority of people are often found, there are some families and friends who continue to live not knowing if they will see their loved ones again.

Missing Persons Week (NMPW) will run until August 6, with the theme ‘Without Them’ to challenge Australians to identify with those missing and to empathise with the weight of each missed year.

Australian Federal Police acting assistant commissioner specialist protective command Jason Kennedy said NMPW was an annual week that serves to raise awareness of the significant issues surrounding missing persons.

“Young, old, family members, and loved ones all from a range of cultures have one thing in common – the daily fears, hopes and endless questions they leave behind,” acting ass comm Kennedy said.

“I encourage all Australians to take a look at the profiles of our long-term missing, share the posts and keep the families of those missing in your thoughts.”

Details: www.withoutthem.com.au/