STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO COME HOME – 2017 MISSING PERSONS WEEK

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is encouraging the community to stay connected with loved ones as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week.

National Missing Persons Week 2017 runs from 30 July – 5 August and aims to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons in Australia.

This year’s theme is: “Still Waiting For You To Come Home”. Mr Provest said nearly half of the persons reported missing in NSW last year are under 18.

“There were more than 5,000 reports about missing children in 2016 alone,” Mr Provest said.

“The stress of a missing loved one and living with the unknown has a huge impact on friends and family members. It can affect everything from their health and wellbeing, to work responsibilities, and of course is very emotionally tiring,” Mr Provest said.

“Anyone who is struggling in any way because someone in their life is missing should not hesitate to reach out for support.

“If you have concerns or information about a missing person I urge you to follow your instincts and contact the police.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said Missing Persons Week is also a reminder of the tireless work of emergency services personnel investigating these cases in an effort to provide answers and reunite families.

“I want the community to remember there is no minimum time frame to wait before contacting NSW Police with a missing persons report,” Mr Grant said.

“If you have fears for the welfare of anyone please don’t hesitate to contact the police as all information can be crucial to an investigation. Even the smallest piece of information could help.

“Take a moment to think of those people in our community who live in hope every single day that they’ll be reunited with a loved one.”

For more information on National Missing Persons Week go to: www.missingpersons.gov.au To find out more about the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit go to www.missingpersons.justice.nsw.gov.au