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Missing persons

More people than ever before are believed to be going missing in Australia, with an estimated 35,000 individuals being reported as having vanished each year. Men and women were reported to police as missing almost equally, with young people accounting for just over half. AIC research into missing persons in Australia reports that no single service is responsible for investigating or providing support in this field. However police services across Australia play a crucial role in responding to reports of missing individuals while non-government agencies such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross complement this work. For more information on this subject see the AIC research and links to studies conducted both in Australia and overseas on this website.


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