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Missing persons: incidence, issues and impacts

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 144

Monika Henderson, Peter Henderson and Carol Kiernan
ISBN 0 642 24145 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 2000

Abstract

Relatively little is known about the reasons why people go missing, the characteristics of missing persons, and the impact of their disappearance on the community. In 1998, the National Missing Persons Unit commissioned a study to address this information gap and to identify service delivery needs for those affected by the phenomenon of missing persons. This paper summarises that report.