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We’re living in a society saturated with true-crime drama across TV shows, news and podcasts.
Our awareness of Australia’s darker side has never been sharper—but behind the many mysteries are the heartbreaking stories of the people left behind.
National Missing Persons Week (1–7 August) seeks to raise awareness and spark action around Australia’s many missing persons, using the platform to distribute the photos and stories of missing people far and wide in an effort to piece together this challenging puzzle.
With the theme of “Their faces may have changed, missing them hasn’t”, the Australian Federal Police have released digitally aged images of long-term missing persons to show what they might look like today.
Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews says that this new approach could be the key to shedding light on some of these cases.
“If the AFP’s advanced imagery and world-leading forensic artistry can provide answers to just one family, this initiative would be a great success,” said Minister Andrews.
“As these aged images demonstrate so clearly—the pain, heartbreak, and tragedy of a missing person’s case can linger for many years. They also serve as a stark reminder of the Australian law enforcement’s dogged pursuit of answers, and of justice for those who may have disappeared in suspicious circumstances.”
A series of moving videos have also been created to spotlight these missing people and their loved ones, including Canberra woman Laura Haworth who has been missing since Saturday 5 January 2008.
Born in 1984—which means she disappeared at age 23 and would now be aged 37—Laura is 178cm tall with a slim build, brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.
Last seen at a friend’s house in Queanbeyan, Laura left the house in a red Mazda 121 to go to work, however, she never arrived and has not made any contact with friends or family since.
Laura is deeply missed by her mother, Beth Cassilles, who speaks in Laura’s National Missing Persons Week video.