Why do people go missing?

Collection of cartoon images with speech bubbles about why people go missing

Recently we ran a social media series exploring the reasons people went missing and what they were feeling and experiencing at the time. Anyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or educational background may become a missing person. The reasons for going missing are many and varied and can include mental illness, miscommunication, misadventure, domestic violence, and being a victim of crime.



The unique reasons featured in the series offer some perspective into the different reasons people go missing, but also serve as a reminder that we never know what someone is going through and to consider how we could support someone at risk of going missing.


If you know someone who is struggling or at risk of going missing, find information about how you can support them here: www.missingpersons.gov.au/support


Search @AFPNMPCC on Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter) to see the full series.


Missing Person Brett McGillivray


Brett McGillivray has been missing since 10 April 2006 when he left for work at about 6.40am from Perth, Western Australia. Brett was driving a white 1990 Toyota Camry Sedan,...

Missing Person WA Sharon Fulton


At about 9.30am on Tuesday, 18 March 1986, Sharon Fulton left her home address in Readshaw Road, Duncraig, and dropped her three year-old son off in Wangara. 

Her husband...

Missing Person Jeffrey Hines

Jeffrey HINES

Jeffrey was last seen at a petrol station in Cromer on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. His vehicle was later located at Blue Fish Point in Manly.

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