New hope in search for missing
FURTHER hope has been given to the families of long-term missing persons with age-enhancing imagery to show what their lost loved ones would look like today.
The new technology, unveiled this week, will apply to those Missing Persons listed with the Australian Federal Police.
Local people listed on that that register include Rose Howell, who was last seen in Bellingen in 2003, and Scott Andrew Brown, who was reported missing from Coffs Harbour in 2008.
Last year the AFP funded the United States National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to train Australian officers in age-progression imaging techniques.
Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Mandy Newton said forensic imaging techniques would take the campaign to locate missing persons to the next level.
“I hope that through this initiative there will be a higher resolution and location rate for those persons profiled,” she said.
There are approximately 1600 Australians who have been missing for more than a year.
The AFP will release two age-enhanced comfit posters, featuring 16 missing people, each year.
Local missing people:
Missing since 2003. Year of birth:1984. Build: Slim. Eyes: Brown. Hair: Black
Distinguishing Feature: Had mohawk style hair when last seen.
Circumstances: Rose was last seen on Friday April 11, 2003 about 5.30pm. She had been in Bellingen prior to her disappearance and there have been a number of alleged sightings of her hitchhiking in the district.
SCOTT ANDREW BROWN
Missing since 2008. Year of birth: 1967. Height: 170cm. Build: Slim. Eyes: Blue. Hair: Brown
Circumstances: Scott was last seen in the Coffs Harbour area on Friday, January 18, 2008.