- About 38,000 people are reported missing each year across Australia
- WA Police mobile unit display will focus on plight this week at Forrest Chase
- Police Minister urges families, friends and community to stay connected
As this week's National Missing Persons Week kicks off and different police agencies in jurisdictions across Australia swing into action, Police Minister Michelle Roberts has urged families, friends and the community to stay connected with those around them.
National Missing Persons Week highlights the trauma and distress experienced by the families and friends of the approximately 38,000 people who are reported missing each year across Australia.
Figures for Western Australia reveal that 1,324 people - or an average of 25 per week - were reported missing in 2017. So far this year, WA Police have received 1,140 missing person reports.
In addition, Crime Stoppers WA currently records 61 open missing persons cases that have a request for public information. For more information, visit
From tomorrow (Monday), WA Police will mount a display of unsolved cases at Forrest Chase in the hope someone will come forward with details that may help reunite a missing person with their loved ones.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"We know that people go missing for a number of reasons - foul play is not necessarily always behind an extended absence.
"We also know that in most cases, the missing person is located within 48 hours.
"But for the families and friends left behind when a person goes missing for an extended period, the pain of not knowing what has happened to a loved one can be devastating.
"Every missing person is someone's son, daughter, husband or wife, father or mother, brother or sister.
"During National Missing Persons Week, I urge everyone to reflect on those left behind when a person goes missing and to think hard about how they can help by sharing any information they may have about the missing person.
"The smallest piece of information may potentially be the key to unravelling a mystery that can lead to answers for heartbroken families or friends.
"Anyone with information should contact police as soon as possible."
Minister's office - 6552 6900