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Age Progression - Lorrin WHITEHEAD

February 8, 2024 marked the 11th anniversary since Lorrin Whitehead went missing. Lorrin was last seen at 4:55pm on 8 February 2013. She would now be 53 years old.

By utilising family photos, as well as knowledge of the effects of ageing, Forensic Artists at the Australian Federal Police have created an artist’s impression of what Lorrin might look like today. The above image shows a comparison...

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Why do 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....

National Missing Persons Week - Can You Solve The Case? 30 July - 5 August 2023

National Missing Persons Week 2023: Can you solve the case?

The AFP is calling for Australians to put on their detective hats and assist forensic investigators unpick clues that could help crack some of the nation’s longest unsolved missing persons cases.

Launched today for National Missing Persons Week, which runs through 5 August, the Can you solve this case? campaign is focused on eight cases involving unidentified human remains.

While forensic...

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International Missing Children’s Day 2023: The important conversation between parents and children about safe behaviour

The AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), in partnership with The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, have today on International Missing Children’s Day 2023 (IMCD) released online resources to encourage parents to talk to their children about safe behaviour.

IMCD is an internationally recognised day to commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those...

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National DNA Program partners with Othram to use forensic genetic genealogy for unsolved Australian cases

26 October 2022

The AFP will have access to specialised forensic DNA testing, not currently available in Australia, to identify human remains and develop new leads for unsolved crimes, by partnering with a world-leading forensic genomics laboratory.

Under the agreement, the AFP’s National DNA Program for Unidentified and Missing Persons will provide forensic evidence from some of Australia’s...

National program using DNA to identify missing persons extended until end of 2023

National Missing Persons Week 2022 reminds us of the many thousands of Australians left wondering, asking, searching and holding onto hope for their missing loved one.

A unique national program has been extended for a further 12-months to provide more opportunities for the AFP National Missing Persons Coordination Centre to use the latest forensic techniques and databases to help Australian law...

National Missing Persons Week 2022: Australians asked to consider life with a missing loved one

The AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is urging Australians to think of the people they love and ask what their life would be like without them this National Missing Persons Week (NMPW).

NMPW 2022 is being launched today (31 July) by the AFP with an innovative digital campaign called “Without Them” that challenges Australians to identify with the missing, feel the weight...

International Missing Children’s Day 2022: looking through the eyes of a family with a missing child

Editor’s note: Video and audio grabs available via Hightail. Image of Gordana is available on NSW Police Force social media pages. 

This International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD), the AFP looks to raise awareness of the impact and long-term suffering of families who are waiting for answers about their missing child.  

IMCD 2022 is centred around ‘missing moments’, and to mark the day, the...

AFP DNA program to help identify unknown and missing Australians

The AFP has started testing unidentified human remains using cutting-edge technology to help solve some of Australia’s most enduring missing persons’ cases. 

Unidentified bone and teeth fragments – held in police and forensic facilities across the country – are being sent to the AFP’s dedicated forensics laboratory under the National DNA Program for Unidentified and Missing Persons. 


National Missing Persons Week 2021: Australian Federal Police forensic artist explains how age progressed images of missing persons created

***Editor’s note:  A video of AFP forensic artist Sean Carling explaining the age progression process is available via hightail *** 

The Australian Federal Police is revealing how its digital artists created a series of unique age-progressed images that captured how seven Australians, who have been missing for up to 40 years, could...


Missing Person Tommy MARSHALL Northern Territory


In February 1982, MARSHALL was camped at Canteen Bore on Yambah Station with another worker (Tom BURROWS), maintaining fences and bores. At about 11.00PM, on the 28th February, he...

Missing Person from New South Wales Errol Snyman


Errol Snyman was last seen at his home address in Mona Vale on July 23, 1998 by his neighbour. He may have been wearing a neck brace following a recent injury, but left his...

Missing Person Wayne Gillis


Wayne Gillis was last seen on 27 July 1997 by his sister at Sunnybank Railway Station in Brisbane. He stated that he was heading south to look for work. Wayne has not been in...

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