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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Public urged to help solve long-term missing persons cases

As part of Missing Persons Week 2020, the AFP is calling on the public to come forward with any information about Laura Haworth, who was last seen at a friend’s house in Queanbeyan on 5 January 2008.

The public is being urged to help the Australian Federal Police solve eight long-term cases for this year’s National Missing Persons Week, 2-8 August.

The ‘I’ll see you later’ digital campaign initiative includes a series of short videos describing the feelings of family members of long-term missing persons.

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) coordinator, Jodie McEwan, said the digital campaign hoped to represent the feelings of families with a long-term missing loved one.

“In telling the stories of these missing people via social media, outdoor advertising spaces and traditional media, we hope to draw out new leads and piece together these sad and enduring puzzles,” he said.

“The short videos illustrate these are real people, with hobbies and dreams, who continue to live in the memories of those left behind. They are more than just statistics or photos on a missing persons poster.

“We hope the community connects with these stories and if you have any piece of information – no matter how small – please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The eight long-term missing persons cases featured in the campaign include one case per State and Territory.

In the ACT, the featured case is that of Laura Haworth, with the AFP calling on the public to come forward with any information about the then 23-year-old who was last seen on 5 January 2008.

Ms Haworth, who would now be 36, was last seen at a friend’s house in Queanbeyan NSW after telling her friend she was going to work.

The ‘I’ll see you later’ campaign was developed by NMPCC in collaboration with creative agency Three Scoops.

Community members looking to share their story or offer support during the campaign are encouraged to use the #NMPW2020 hashtag.

Details of the long-term missing person cases that are part of National Missing Persons Week 2020 can be found at www.missingpersons.gov.au

Anyone with information on any of those cases is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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