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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Police Continue Efforts to Find Missing Children

Today on International Missing Children’s Day the Queensland Police Service will remember missing children who have been located and those who are still unaccounted for.

More than 3,000 children go missing in Queensland each year, making up around 65% of the missing person’s population in the state. The Service locates just over 99% of all missing people reported each year and typically 100% of people aged under 17. Unfortunately there are some cases where missing children are not located and public assistance is sought to find them and bring them home safely.

The main purpose of International Missing Children’s Day is to raise awareness of missing children globally and to spread the hope that these children will return home safely.

Chad and Melony Sutton

In 1992, siblings Melony and Chad Sutton, aged 14 and 16-years respectively were last seen by their mother Maree when they left their Jabiru Street home on November 23. They have not been seen since. The two were allegedly planning to hitchhike to Western Australia to visit family. There has been no contact with family since their disappearance.

The photos below include age progression photos of Melony and Chad.

Daniel Morcombe

Daniel was last seen under the Kiel Mountain Road Overpass at Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast between 1.30pm and 2.15pm on Sunday, December 7, 2003.

Police have received a considerable amount of information about the disappearance of Daniel and continue to encourage anyone with fresh information to come forward.

Daniel’s disappearance is currently the subject to a Coronial Inquest.

Declan Crouch

Investigations into Machans Beach teenager Declan Crouch’s disappearance indicate he left school on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 around 3pm and boarded a bus on Hoare Street, Manunda bound for home.

Declan’s school bag was located at his Machans home later that afternoon.

Extensive searches have failed to locate the now 14-year-old.

Anyone with information on people missing or which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.