THE Australian Federal Police have released an emotionally charged short film highlighting the heartache felt by families of missing persons, not knowing if or when their loved one will come home.
The release marks the 30th anniversary of National Missing Persons Week (August 5-11).
Created by Common Ventures and produced by The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, the short film echoes the real life grief of families living in constant uncertainty. Watch the video below.
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Eileen Fahey’s son Anthony Fahey went missing in 2013 and said the film’s narrative is similar to her own experience.
“While we are currently endeavouring to sell our house, it’s upsetting because what if Anthony comes home and someone else is living here? How will he find us, how will he feel, what will he do?” Ms Fahey said.
“I also worry that, if we sell, I won’t have the memories of him being in the house. I’m afraid that I’ll forget the image of him sitting at the end of the bench and the sound of his voice. It’s all tied up in the house – how can I leave it?”
AFP Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the agency would also profile 30 long-term missing people from around the nation on social media as part of the 30th anniversary of National Missing Persons Week.
“It’s important that we raise awareness of this issue, including the reasons why people go missing, the social and financial impacts, and how the community can get involved,” Deputy Commissioner Gaughan said.
“This might mean taking an interest and sharing our social media posts. After all, the community is our eyes and ears in these cases, helping police find the many thousands of people who go missing each year.
“If you recognise any of the missing people profiled this week, or indeed any of the 2600 long-term missing persons on the Public Register at www.missingpersons.gov.au, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“You might just have a piece of information that could help bring them home.”