MISSING: Cheryl Holmes, 62, of Tabulam, was reported missing last year.
MISSING: Cheryl Holmes, 62, of Tabulam, was reported missing last year.

You don't have to wait 24 hours to report a missing person

THE Australian Federal Police and NSW Police Force have launched the 2015 National Missing Persons Week campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons.

Acting Australian Federal Police Commissioner Michael Phelan and NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie officially launched the week-long campaign yesterday and reminded Australians you don't have to wait 24 hours before reporting someone missing.

In 2015, the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is urging people to 'Follow Your Instincts' if you suspect someone you know is missing.

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"There is no minimum timeframe associated with reporting someone missing. The very definition of a missing person is where there are 'concerns for the safety and welfare of a person', and 'their whereabouts are unknown'," acting Commissioner Phelan said.

"A colleague that fails to turn up to work without notice; a parent that doesn't return from a walk; a son that misses a birthday dinner... If a person's disappearance is out of character and you have concerns for their safety and welfare, follow your instincts and report to police immediately."

In 2014, almost 12,000 people were reported missing in NSW, and while the majority were located safe and well, 57 still remain missing.

"National Missing Persons Week therefore gives us an opportunity to remember those who are still lost, and garner new leads that could help bring them home," Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

Profiles of missing persons can be viewed at http://www.missingpersons.gov.au.



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