ACT Policing is supporting National Missing Persons Week (2 to 8 August), with this year’s campaign focusing on some of the key myths about missing persons.
National Missing Persons Week (NMPW) is an annual event which aims to raise community awareness of the significant issues and impacts associated with missing persons in Australia. This year’s campaign message, ‘Follow you instincts’, encourages people to use their own judgment, when confronted with a missing person scenario.
The ACT has six people profiled on the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre website, missingpersons.gov.au. These missing people are:
David Abuoi (missing since July 2012)
Laura Haworth (missing since 2008)
Amelia Hausia (missing since 1992)
Megan Mulquiney (missing since 1984)
Elizabeth Herfort (missing since 1980)
Kate Alexander (missing since 1974)
This year, a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) and the Australian Federal Police will see advertising featuring missing person Megan Mulquiney in public spaces across Canberra.
Megan Louise Mulquiney (born 29 November 1966) was last seen shortly after finishing work at the Woden Plaza at noon on Saturday July 28, 1984. She has not been seen since this time. At the time of her disappearance Megan was 17 years of age. She was 5'2” (158cm) tall with straight dark brown hair parted in the middle. She was wearing a black corduroy jacket, a black corduroy skirt, a pink and grey checked blouse, black leather flat-heeled shoes and purple stockings.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detective Sergeant Donna Parsons hoped the week of advertising could assist the sustained investigation into her disappearance 31 years ago.
“Police will always maintain hope that this case could come to a resolution if someone were to come forward with more information. Over 30 years ago, when Megan disappeared, someone could have seen something or heard something. Someone could still know something about it that hasn’t yet come to light,” Detective Sergeant Parsons said.
“The lack of resolution or closure is one of the hardest aspects of a long-term missing persons case and it’s something we know Megan’s family have lived with since the day of her disappearance.”
“We’re urging anyone who has any information about Megan’s disappearance to come forward and contact police.”
Anyone who believes they have information regarding the disappearance of Megan Mulquiney or any missing person, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.