Missing Persons Week runs between Sunday, August 5 and Saturday, August 11.
The annual national campaign, which this year commemorates 30 years, raises awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons on family and friends following the disappearance of a loved one.
Three missing persons’ cases on the South Coast you might be able to provide police with information are Gordon Andrews and teenager Kathleen Harris in the Shoalhaven and further south Elizabeth Hallahan at Tuross Head.
Gordon Andrews was admitted to the Culburra Retirement Village on Monday, December 10, 2012 and went missing from the facility two days later, Wednesday, December 12 at about 3pm.
Mr Andrews was 79 at the time and would now be aged 85.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Mr Andrews, Ms Harris or Ms Hallahan or any missing person please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
He suffers from short term memory loss and had been displaying the early signs of alzheimers.
He is described as being 173cm, grey to white hair, wearing a dark blue T-shirt, blue shorts and runners.
He has been known to wander off in the past and had been located in Goulburn and Bankstown areas.
Kathleen Harris, aged 16, was last seen at her home in Huskisson by a friend about 9pm on May 31, 1999.
She had planned to meet with friends the following day but never arrived.
Her personal belongings, including her purse and keys, were located in her home, and family and friends have not heard from her since she went missing.
Police are treating her disappearance as suspicious and have not ruled out that Kathleen may have been murdered.
There is a $100,000 reward offered.
She is described as 160cm, a slim, brown hair and olive complexion.
Kathleen would now be aged 34.
Tuross Head woman Elizabeth Hallahan was last seen on December 13, 2017 when she left her friend’s house at Nelson Parade.
The 56-year-old stated she was going to Tuross Beach. Her vehicle was found opposite Coila Beach about 7pm that night.
Her clothing was located about 1km north of Coila beach.
She has not been heard from and there are serious concerns for her safety and welfare.
She is described as 165cm, medium build, brown hair, hazel eyes and fair complexion.
The issue of missing persons in Australia is complex and multifaceted - more than 38,000 missing persons reports are submitted to police every year in Australia.
Currently in NSW, more than 160 people are reported missing each week.
For their family and friends, the wait for contact or information can be agonising.
NSW Police Missing Persons Unit provides operational support to police in the field to locate persons reported as 'Missing'.
About 99 per cent of missing persons are located, often with the help of the community.
In 2010, 11,595 people were reported missing in NSW and more than 35,000 Australia wide - 65 per cent of people reported missing are under the age of 18.
A missing person is defined as, anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person. A long-term missing person is someone who has been missing for more than three months. In Australia there are more than 2,600 people listed as a long term missing person.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Mr Andrews, Ms Harris or Ms Hallahan please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.