Report a missing person

You do not need to wait 24 hours before making a report.
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Report a missing person by contacting police on 131 444 or in person at your local police station immediately if the whereabouts of someone is unknown, you fear for their safety, and have concerns for their welfare.

Information to provide

To assist with the investigation, provide as much information as possible including:

  • when and where the person was last seen or heard from
  • a full description of the missing person
  • a recent photograph
  • places the missing person likes to visit
  • why they have gone missing, if known
  • any urgent medical problems, requirements or medications they need
  • any reasons for your concern about their safety or welfare
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and associates
  • banking institution and social media details, if known.

Providing as much information as you can will give us the best chance of finding the missing person.

Public assistance

If you have any information on the whereabouts of a missing person contact police on 131 444, your local police station, Crime Stoppers, or the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre.

If you are (or have been) reported missing

It is not an offence to be a missing person.

You are encouraged to let your family and friends know you are safe, and to contact police on on 131 444 or in person at your local police station.

You have a right to privacy, if you do not wish to speak to family or friends you can talk to police.

We can help provide advice depending upon your personal situation.

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre works in partnership with police in all states and territories, the Australian and state governments, non-government agencies and the community to:

  • help reduce the incidence of missing persons
  • locate missing persons as quickly as possible
  • provide support to the missing person, their family, friends and the community.

People at risk of going missing

We encourage you to register people living with dementia, autism or a cognitive impairment who might be at risk of becoming lost or reported as missing with Safe and Found WA.

The Safe & Found WA is an initiative by the WA Police Force and Australia Medic Alert Foundation that ensures police have immediate access to critical information to assist when undertaking search operations.