ACT Policing Supports National Missing Persons Week

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ACT Policing is this week supporting National Missing Persons Week (1-7 August 2021), raising awareness of the impacts of long term missing persons within the community.

National Missing Persons Week (NMPW) is an annual event which aims to raise community awareness of the significant issues and impacts associated with missing persons in Australia.

Nationally, there are more than 2600 long-term missing persons – each one of those individuals has a family and friends who care about them.

The ACT currently has 14 long term missing people, including two missing overseas.   

Acting Superintendent Allison Hutcheson said the community has an important role to play in long-term missing persons investigations. 

“Police will always maintain hope that missing person cases could come to a resolution if someone were to come forward with more information,” Acting Superintendent Hutcheson said.

“It might seem small to them, but that piece of information could just solve a case.”

This year’s campaign message, ‘Their faces might have changed, missing them hasn’t’, acknowledges that appearances change over time and asks the public to consider how missing people would today.

As part of this years’ campaign, AFP Forensic Artists have created an age progressed image of long term missing ACT woman Laura Haworth, to show what she may look like today.

Laura was last seen on Saturday 5 January 2008 in Queanbeyan. She was 23 at the time.

After telling her friends she was going to work, Laura left the house in her red Mazda 121. Laura did not attend work and has not made contact with family or friends since. Lack of contact with her family is very out of character.

On 19 January 2008 Laura’s vehicle was located parked at Kanangra Court car park, ACT. Police enquiries in the area were unable to locate her.

Throughout Missing Persons Week, ACT Policing is undertaking a number of activities to raise awareness in our community.

Images of ACT’s long term missing persons will be displayed at locations around the capital, in the hope someone, somewhere will remember something.  The images will be displayed at:

  • Westfield Belconnen
  • ACT Libraries,
  • The Canberra Airport,
  • Canberra Health Services facilities,
  • Canberra Institute of Technology; and
  • The Australian Catholic University.

The community will also see a number of locations across Canberra lit up yellow at night including:

  • Telstra Tower,
  • The National Carillion,
  • Questacon,
  • Light Rail Stops,
  • The Malcolm Fraser Bridge; and
  • The Canberra Times Fountain

“We believe there are people in the community who may hold crucial information about our long term missing persons and we urge them to come forward and provide answers to the families and friends who are left with dealing with the unknown,” Acting Superintendent Hutcheson said.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

 

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