National missing persons coordination centre

What happens next?

Many people who have a loved one missing come to a point where they ask themselves “What happens next?” The ambiguity of the loss of a missing person leaves us with many unanswered questions.

Every missing persons investigation will be different depending on the individual circumstances of each disappearance. State and Territory police are responsible for the investigation of missing persons cases and we encourage you to maintain regular contact with the case officer who has been assigned to your case.

Please use the following information as a guide to missing persons investigations and some of the common practices between them. This includes things you may be asked for, or may wish to do to assist with the search.

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