Coffs Coast resident Rose Howell has been a missing person since 2003
Coffs Coast resident Rose Howell has been a missing person since 2003

Have you seen a missing person?

TODAY'S starting date for National Missing Persons Week will revive memories of one of the Coffs Coast's greatest mysteries.

It is now over nine years since well-known local girl Rose Howell was reported missing by her mother, a few days short of her 19th birthday.

On the morning of Friday, April 11, 2003, Rose left her mother's home at Bundagen and travelled to the Bellingen library where she worked on invitations for a planned birthday party.

After leaving the library, an unknown person drove Rose from Bellingen and dropped her off at Marx Hill at around 5pm.

It is believed Rose was then picked up by another motorist and she was last seen about 6.45pm, hitchhiking north on the Pacific Highway near the Old Pacific Highway turn-off to Perry Hill and Repton.

Rose is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 140-150cm tall with olive skin, hazel/green eyes, thin eyebrows and two moles about one centimetre apart below the hairline with another mole on the left side of her neck.

At the time of her disappearance she had short dark brown hair with the sides shaved and a Mohawk on top.

She was wearing a black tank top, dark grey jeans, a black belt with a silver buckle and black boots.

Her disappearance is being investigated by Coffs/Clarence LAC detectives.

Anyone who can assist with information should contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

National Missing Persons Week runs until next Saturday (August 4) and is an annual event to raise awareness of missing people in our community and encourage those with information about them to come forward.

The theme of the week - Take the time to let somebody know - highlights the importance of young people, as well as other members of the community, letting somebody know where you are and when you will return.

Other missing persons include:

 

Kylee Ann Schaffer - aged 19 at the time - last seen at Willawarrin about 8am on Saturday, September 11, 2004.

She was later expected to return home but did not arrive and was reported missing to police by family members.

Her disappearance is being investigated by Mid North Coast detectives who say she would now be aged 26 years.

 

Jasmine Morris - aged 19 at the time - last seen in Chapman Street, South Grafton, about 8am on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

She later expected to return home but did not arrive and was reported missing to police by family members on October 20, 2009.

It has been reported Jasmine, who would now be aged 21, was seen around the areas of Coffs Harbour and Woody Head within a month of her disappearance.

Jasmine is described as of fair complexion, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, 155 cm tall, slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Her disappearance is being investigated by Grafton detectives.

 

Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Rose, Kylee or Jasmine, or anyone who can assist with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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