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Report a missing person

A missing person is defined as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose location is unknown, and where there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.

When to report a person as missing

There is no time limit for reporting someone as missing. If you’re concerned about a person’s safety or welfare, contact your local police station.

If you see a missing person

If you see someone who is missing, contact your local police station.
Also call:

  • the Missing Persons Unit on +61 7 3364 6213 or 1800 017 744 (in Australia)
  • Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (free call in Australia).

You can stay anonymous.

If you are reported missing

If you’ve been reported missing, someone is concerned about you.  Please go to a Police station or contact Police by phone and let them know you are safe and well. Being a missing person is not an offence and you are not in trouble with the police for being reported as missing.

Police will need to see you to ensure that you are safe and well and confirm your identity.

  • If you are over 18 years of age and safe and well police will not disclose your location if you request this. The person who reported you missing will be advised that you have been located safe and well only.
  • If you are under 18 police will not disclose your location if it will endanger you. Police will ensure your safety before they release this information.

The primary concern of Police in missing person investigations is the safety and welfare of the missing person.

Missing Persons Unit

The Missing Persons Unit:

  • receives information about missing people—from government agencies, not from the public (report a missing person to your local police station)
  • oversees and helps investigate all missing person reports
  • reviews all missing person reports, and refers suspicious and out-of-character disappearances to the Homicide Investigation Unit
  • maintains a record of unidentified bodies in Queensland and helps to identity them.
(07) 3364 6213
1800 017 744 (free call in Australia)
+61 7 3364 6213 (international calls)
Postal address:
Post GPO Box 1440
Brisbane  Qld  4001
Work 2nd Floor, Police Headquarters
200 Roma Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

Further information

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre.

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Last updated
28 January 2015
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