You do NOT need to wait 24 hours before making a report to police. If you have concerns for the safely and welfare of someone that cannot be located, attend your local police station to make a report as soon as possible.
What police will ask you:
- The full name and DOB of the Missing Person
- Physical description or a recent photograph of the Missing Person
- Details of any mobile phone numbers, social media accounts or vehicle registrations
- A list of friends/associates or possible locations.
- What concerns you have, when the Missing Person was last seen or made contact.
- If known, any medical information that may increase the risk to the Missing Persons. E.g. mental health, dementia or diabetes.
Police may also ask the next of kin to sign an Authority for Publicity. This can help police to locate a person quickly by publishing a photo of the Missing Person on such things as social media and news outlets.
What if I am reported missing?
If you have been reported missing it is vital to let police know that you are safe and well, as soon as possible. Your location and contact information can be kept confidential if you are over the age of 18 years or in danger. Police will not disclose your information without your permission.
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Long Term Missing Persons
There are currently 769 Long Term Missing Persons in NSW. These date back to 1945 and can be as recent as 3 months ago.
Helping with historical Missing Persons is very import as it can assist Police with locating that person or bringing closure to family and friends. You can help with locating historical Missing Persons by being aware of those missing in your local area and checking the NSW Missing Persons Database regularly.
If you believe that you have information that may help police, contact Crime Stoppers to make a report. You can also do this by either phone (1800 333 000).
To find out more, read this fact sheet - Making a Missing Persons Report