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 Eric Lynch


Missing presumed murdered.

Eric Lynch, then aged 44 years, of Willimott Street, Ethelton, was reported missing on 16 February 2004 by his housemate. Eric was last seen in the...

Missing Person Charles Sudduth


Charles Sudduth is a US citizen who entered the country on 5 March 2004 from the USA. He has not made contact with family or friends since. Concerns are held for his safety and...


Owen Lindgreen has not been seen since Sunday the 24th January 2016. At the time Owen was residing in a mental care lodge located in Grace Street, Lota, QLD. Owen was last sighted...

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