Each year the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) launch an awareness campaign in the hope that people will be found. Last year the campaign centred around young people. This year the campaign focuses on older people with dementia or memory loss.
The tag line is very emotive – “Not knowing is like living in darkness”.
I can’t imagine the heartache a family would suffer if a parent took a walk to the shops and never returned home. To completely disappear and not know where they are. Where do they go, are they safe? Sadly, older people with dementia suffer memory loss and are known to wander.
Partners who work with the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre include Foxtel’s Crime and Investigation Network who develop the Missing Person Fact Files which is regularly broadcast. My Space has a missing persons profile, Woman’s Day features a missing persons profile on its website and stories in its magazine. McDonalds Australia will feature missing persons posters and tray mats during the month of August. Network Nine profiles missing person’s at the conclusion of each viewing of the Without A Trace television series.
The National Missing Persons Week campaign was launched on Sunday 2nd August. Four families share their stories with us via television, radio and print. These families want the public to help in their search. Hopefully their loved ones will be recognized by someone, somewhere.
Have you seen these people? Can you help? Please visit the national website