Every day, The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service actively works to reunite missing people with their families, locating an average of six people each day.
This week is National Missing Persons Week and The Salvation Army is joining with the Australia Federal Police to raise community awareness about the links between mental illness and missing people.
35,000 people are reported missing in Australia each year – that’s one person every 15 minutes.
95% are usually found within a week but there remain 1,600 long term missing persons who have been missing for more than six months. 20,000 of these missing people are under 18.
821 new missing persons cases have been opened in the last 12 months by The Salvation Army in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory with a 75% success rate finding missing family and friends.
This year Australians are being encouraged to ‘learn to see the signs’ before someone goes missing.