Victoria Police Missing Persons Squad investigates missing person cases aligned to their level of risk or who have disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
Reasons people go missing
People go missing for a number of reasons, including:
- by their own choice
- they are wanderers or absconders
- they are suicidal
- they have no choice – they are a victim of a crime, mishap or misadventure
When is a person considered missing?
In Australia, a person is considered missing when:
- they are reported missing to police and their whereabouts are unknown; and
- there are fears for the safety or concerns for the welfare of that person, including any person in an institution (not including a prison or goal).
Information and support
Reports of missing people
Each year Victoria Police receives more than 8000 reports relating to a missing person. This equates to over 150 reports each week, with this figure increasing over recent years. Of those reported missing, about 44 percent are found within 48 hours. Most people reported missing will either be found safe and well or will have returned home and made contact with their friends or family.
Reviewed 01 August 2022