Vodafone introduces new ‘missing persons’ bill policy

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WA Today, 5 December 2016 Vodafone has introduced a new dedicated “missing persons” policy so family and friends of customers listed as missing can better manage their account. Its believed to be the first policy of its kind by an Australian telco company and only came into effect several days ago. The new procedure will give “authorised representatives” permission to manage […]

#FindRye campaign donates massive amount to Australian charities

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WA Today, 5 October 2016 The family and friends of Australian man Rye Hunt have expressed their gratitude towards donors of the GoFundMe campaign started to bring their “Big Bear” home. “Rye was a keen and vocal supporter of this charity, and as such, we would like to show our support in his honour,” the […]

Townsville siblings on mission at Magnetic Island Race Week

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my.sailing.com.au, 5 September 2016 “We want to do the Sydney Hobart in Dad’s memory, to honour Dad and our uncle,” Jurss says. “And to raise awareness for the Missing Persons ­Advocacy Network. They provide support and guidance to loved ones and family members of those who goes missing. They’re great for guidance and assistance. I […]

Daniel O’Keeffe: A mysterious disappearance that turned to tragedy

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The Age, 22 May 2016 It is a special kind of torture that ravages the mind, consuming everything until there is nothing left to do. Nowhere else to turn. And then it gets worse. The mysterious disappearance of 24-year-old Daniel O’Keeffe, Dan to his family and friends, gripped people around the world in the five years after he went missing in July […]

Jen’s Journey to Hobart

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Star 106.3 When Jen was 12 years old her Dad went missing, washed overboard after the 1994 Sydney Hobart yacht race. He was never found. Fast forward to September 2014, and his brother Andrew (Jen’s Uncle) leaves work on Christmas Island on a ‪Friday afternoon‬ and is never seen again. Over 38,000 Australians are reported […]

Loren O’Keeffe: “I still forget that Dan’s not missing any more.”

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Mamamia, 22 August 2016 When you wake up on the day your life changes for ever, it seems like every other morning. So it was for Loren O’Keeffe on July 15, 2011. When she went to her job as a Communincations adviser that day, she didn’t know a phone call from her mum that night would shift everything, […]

Missing person advocates push to expand search into online ‘blank space’

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ABC News, 21 March 2016 Australia should follow the lead of countries overseas and use digital “blank space” to spread the word about missing people, a prominent advocate says. Missing Person Advocacy Network founder Loren O’Keeffe said she was excited about the “endless opportunities” the internet created for searching those reported missing, but that authorities […]

Sailing salute to missing family

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Townsville Bulletin, 16 August 2016 IT’S been described as the Mt Everest of sailing, but the determination of one Townsville woman to honour her missing family members will see her take on one of the ocean’s toughest challenges. In 1994, Jenifer Jurss, then just 12 years old, and her family received the heartbreaking news that her […]