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Lighthouse lit up in honour of Theo

Byron News, 1st June 2020
ILLUMINATED in orange, Theo Hayez’s favourite colour, Cape Byron Lighthouse last night served as a reminder of the Belgian backpacker, who’s now been missing for a year.


Theo Hayez’s family describe pain as first anniversary of disappearance looms

ABC News, 30th May 2020
The sleepless nights don’t stop for Jean-Philippe Pector, the godfather of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez.



Missing Persons advocate Loren O’Keeffe on grief, family and support

Women’s Agenda, 2nd December 2019
In the days after Loren O’Keeffe’s brother disappeared in July 2011, she frantically reached out to Geelong police seeking guidance on what to do.


Theo Hayez six months on: The ‘exhausting torture’ for families of missing persons

ABC News, 30th November 2019
It is a cruel story: a young man on the brink of adulthood having the time of his life, travelling the globe before starting university, the world at his feet in every sense.


The Heartbreaking Reality Of Grieving A Missing Loved One With No Closure

10 Daily, 15th November 2019
Naz Woldemichael turned 23 this week but instead of celebrating, his family are dealing with an intense lack of closure three years on from his disappearance.


Missing Persons Advocacy Network Launches ‘Missed Birthdays’ Via WhiteGREY and Finch

Campaign Brief, 11th November 2019
The Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) has launched a powerful new campaign specifically addressing ‘ambiguous loss’, a unique form of grief suffered by the more than a quarter of a million Australians who make up the family and friends of long-term missing people.


Missing people sent birthday messages from loved ones in White Grey’s new campaign for Missing Persons Advocacy Network

Mumbrella, 11th November 2019
The Missing Persons Advocacy Network’s (MPAN) latest campaign focuses on ‘ambiguous loss’, the kind of grief suffered by the family and friends – more than 250,000 of them in Australia – of long-term missing people.


Missing persons project in Western Australia aims to bring closure decades after disappearances

ABC News, 10th November 2019
Dozens of missing person cold cases are finally being examined by a WA coroner, thanks to a funding boost aimed at clearing up a backlog of police files dating back to the 1960s.


Celebrating the winners of the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards!

Womens Agenda, 16th September 2019
Women’s Agenda announced the winners of the 7th annual Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards at a lunch ceremony in Sydney on Friday, acknowledging the game changers, agenda setters and household names of tomorrow.


Lighting the night for Théo

Echo, 16th September 2019
Hundreds gathered in Byron Bay last night to remind the community that Théo Hayez is still missing and that his family and friends and dozens of volunteers have not given up the search.


Locals organise sunset gathering for Theo as father returns to Byron

Echo, 6th September 2019
Locals will join family members of missing Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez for a sunset gathering to bring awareness to his disappearance on September 15.


When A Person Goes Missing And Authorities Leave, Communities Are Left Looking For Answers

10 Daily, 24th August 2019
Exhaustion. Fear. Relentless Perseverance. That’s how Christos Tsestmetzis describes the mood in his hometown of Byron Bay.


Announcing the finalists of the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards

Womens Agenda, 12th August 2019
Drumroll… The finalists of the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards have been announced today, showcasing the household leadership names of tomorrow, along with the women making change happen now.


Can you help find missing Perth man Rigby Fielding?

Out In Perth, 11th August 2019
This week it’s four years since Rigby Fielding’s family heard from him.


Missing persons cold cases are being spotlighted by Australian art project The Unmissables

ABC, 10th August 2019
If you ever find yourself driving through Cadell, a town of 548 people in South Australia’s Riverland (about two and a quarter hours north-east of Adelaide), you are likely to pass Barnett’s General Store.


Peter Harris has no idea what happened to his partner Paul Rushworth

Blue Mountains Gazette, 9th August 2019
Another year has gone by and still Peter Harris has no idea what happened to his partner of 28 years Paul Rushworth.



Missing persons cold cases are being spotlighted by Australian art project The Unmissables

MSN, 9th August 2019
If you ever find yourself driving through Cadell, a town of 548 people in South Australia’s Riverland (about two and a quarter hours north-east of Adelaide), you are likely to pass Barnett’s General Store.


South Australian man Ryan Chambers immortalised with new mural 13 years after disappearance

ABC, 9th August 2019
It was a highly emotional moment when Di and Jock Chambers first laid eyes on the smiling face of their 21-year-old son, Ryan.


Smoke and Soda Heathcote gets creative with coffee for Missing Persons Week

The Leader, 8th August 2019
Coffee is getting creative at Heathcote, in the hope the arty cups will jog someone’s memory.


Where’s Marty? Missing man in coffee cup campaign

ABC, 7th August 2019
Martyn Tann, who vanished after visiting Mullaloo Beach in 2013, features in a simple but inventive campaign that’s come to WA for the first time this year.


Coffee-cup quest to find the missing

The West Australian, 6th August 2019
Billed as the “modern day milk cartons”, the faces and stories of eight missing Australians will be handed out at cafes across the country this week in a bid to help solve their disappearances.


‘Not Knowing Hurts’: Mum’s Agonising Search For Her Only Son

10 Daily, 5th August 2019
It has been almost 14 years since Jeni Bindon last heard from her son, Ashley.


Remembering Missing Aussies With A Cup Of Coffee

10 Daily, 3rd August 2019
Australians are being asked to look down at their coffee cups next week, in a bid to raise awareness for the thousands who go missing from our communities each year.

Missing loved ones remembered this week with a single cup of coffee

Mirage News, 3rd August 2019

Sydney man among missing loved ones remembered this week with a single cup of coffee

Mirage News, 3rd August 2019
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) has partnered with cafes around the country for this year’s National Missing Persons Week (4–10 August) to raise awareness of the 38,000 Australians who go missing every year.

Perth man among missing loved ones remembered this week with a single cup of coffee

Media Net 3rd August 2019
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) has partnered with cafes around the country for this year’s National Missing Persons Week (4–10 August) to raise awareness of the 38,000 Australians who go missing every year.

Missing loved ones remembered this week with a single cup of coffee

Media Net, 3rd August 2019
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) has partnered with cafes around the country for this year’s National Missing Persons Week (4–10 August) to raise awareness of the 38,000 Australians who go missing every year.

Inside the six-year search for fun-loving Marty who disappeared off Mullaloo beach

The West Australian, 3rd August 2019

Where is Tej? A devastated father hopes solution lies in a coffee cup

The Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd August 2019
It’s been three years since Tej Chitnis went missing and the pain hasn’t eased for his parents, Jayant and Reva.


Remembering the long-term missing through art

ABC, 1st August 2019
More than 38,000 people are reported missing in Australia each year.


Jess Ribeiro shares new single ‘Wildflowers’

The Partae, 29th July 2019
Jess Ribeiro is undoubtedly one of this country’s most gifted and enigmatic songwriters, a master of genre, nonchalance, double-entendre, intuition and melody – all of which is present on her new track ‘Wildflowers’ – released today via Barely Dressed Records/Remote Control Records.



Wendy Johnson and Helen Cooper in new ABC mini series The Unmissables about missing sister Elaine Johnson

The Maitland Mercury, 18th July 2019
A documentary series has challenged three artists to show the real people behind missing person statistics, including a pair of Maitland sisters who have never given up on their absent loved one.


The Australian Effie Awards 2019 Finalists PDF

Mumbrella, 26th June 2019


WhiteGrey + BWM Dentsu Sydney make the cut at shortlist stage of the 2019 APAC Tambull Awards 

Campaign Brief, 4th June 2019
Australia has scored three finalists at the shortlist stage of the creative category of the 2019 Asia Pacific Tambuli Awards. The winners will be honoured at the awards night ceremony tonight, June 4, at the Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La at the Fort Hotel in Manila.

Sevak Simonian inquest: Disappearance not linked to drug transactions

Oberon Review, 29th May 2019
A BUSHWALKER who went missing in Kanangra-Boyd National Park almost five years ago was known to experiment with the cultivation of cannabis and undertake “guerrilla ops” looking for discreet, off the beaten track areas to grow cannabis in.



‘A lasting impact’: Push for Australia-wide missing persons status

WA Today, 13th May 2019
A push to introduce an official Australia-wide ‘missing person status’ will be taken to federal parliament after the election, as administrative challenges continue to prove a “nightmare” for grieving families.


Facial recognition can drive business goals, but where do we draw the line?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, 25th February 2019
Some people worry that facial recognition technology undermines privacy, but there is a fundamental difference between using the technology to monitor shopping habits and using it to save lives.


The grief and pain of having someone you love go missing

ABC Life, 19th February 2019
Sharon Versace hasn’t seen her niece, Belinda Peisley, since September 1998.


Address unknown: Postcards designed for missing persons

The Age, 12th December 2018
Each year 38,000 Australians are reported missing and, in the wake of their disappearance, tens of thousands more are left wondering if their loved ones are all right.


Gordana Kotevski’s family renews public appeal for help to solve case 24 years after teenager was kidnapped at Charlestown

The Herald, 6th December 2018
In the decades since Gordana Kotevski was kidnapped from a suburban street near a busy shopping centre, her family has wavered between hope and grief.

Billboard to highlight Kotevski cold case

NBN News, 6th December 2018
Each year 38,000 Australians are reported missing and, in the wake of their disappearance, tens of thousands more are left wondering if their loved ones are all right.

MPAN in the Gold Coast Bulletin - 10th Oct 2018

Family’s remarkable quest for answers over missing son

Gold Coast Bulletin, 10th October 2018
They’ve walked the streets of towns along a 130km stretch of Australia’s coastline to put up countless posters and offered up $50,000 of their own life savings as a reward, clinging to hope in the face of a coroner’s finding that their son is dead.


MPAN in Ethical Marketing News - 15th Sept 2018

Missing, but unmissable – new awareness campaign launched

Ethical Marketing News, 15th September 2018
A campaign to make missing people unmissable was launched today by MPAN. The campaign features a reimagining of traditional missing persons posters into vibrant stories and images that reflect the person family and friends know.


MPAN in The Australian - 12th Aug 2018

Libs vow support over missing Victorians

The Australian, 27th August 2018
An advocate for the plight of missing people has backed a Liberals pledge for a dedicated unit to help families cut through bureaucratic red tape after their loss.


MPAN on - 14th Aug 2018

MPAN Uses Coffee Cups to Remember Missing Persons, 14th August 2018
To mark National Missing Persons Week in Australia, MPAN reached for whiteGrey Melbourne creative agency‘s help and initiated “The Unmissables” campaign to raise awareness about the 38,000 Australians who go missing each year.


MPAN in The Aage - 12th Aug 2018

Family hopes mural will spark more info about missing man

The Age, 12th August 2018
The family of a missing man have travelled from interstate to watch a mural of their loved one go up in Melbourne’s famous street art hub.


MPAN on Nine News - 11th Aug 2018

‘The unknowing is the worst. Time doesn’t exist’: Finding Naz Woldemichael

Nine News & MSN, 11th August 2018
Hirut Woldemichael is trapped in time. In October, her son Naz will have been missing for two years, but to her it may as well have been yesterday.


MPAN on Herald Sun - 9th Aug 2018

National Missing Persons Week: families never stop searching for missing loved ones

Herald Sun, 9th August 2018
A Geelong-raised missing persons campaigner is working to ensure missing people are remembered and not ­forgotten.


MPAN on Mamamia- 9th Aug 2018

Coffee cups carry illlustrations of missing people in Australia

Creativity Online, 9th August 2018
It’s National Missing Persons Week in Australia this week, and to help highlight those who are missing, a new campaign prints professional illustrations of six missing people onto takeaway coffee cups.


MPAN on Mamamia- 9th Aug 2018

Sylvia Veljanovska is terminally ill and running out of time to find her missing son.

Mamamia, 9th August 2018
Bankstown mum Sylvia Veljanovska is battling terminal cancer, but she’s not letting that slow her campaign to find her missing son.


MPAN on AdNews- 9th Aug 2018

WhiteGrey Melbourne raises missing-persons awareness with modern-day milk cartons

AdNews, 9th August 2018
WhiteGrey Melbourne’s latest campaign, Unmissable, raises awareness during National Missing Persons Week by re-imagining the modern-day milk carton.


MPAN on The Stable - 9th Aug 2018

whiteGREY Melbourne Turns Takeway Coffee Into Mobile Missing Persons Ads

The Stable, 9th August 2018
That coffee cup you carry on your morning commute and plant on your desk has the potential to bring a missing person back to his or her family.


MPAN on B&T and Campaign Brief- 9th Aug 2018

whiteGREY Melbourne Unveils Coffee Cup Campaign For Missing Persons

B&T & Campaign Brief, 9th August 2018
Twenty of Melbourne’s top cafes will serve takeaway coffees in biodegradable cups featuring the portraits of six missing Australians for MPAN.


MPAN on NineNews- 5th Aug 2018

Holding onto hope: Finding Australia’s long-term missing persons

Nine News & MSN, 5th August 2018
While the world may stand still for a missing person’s loved ones, it keeps turning for everyone else.


MPAN on MediaNet - 5th Aug 2018

Modern take on milk carton campaigns highlights the humanity of missing loved ones

MediaNet, 5th August 2018
Missing Persons Advocacy Network has partnered with some of Melbourne’s best cafés for this year’s National Missing Persons Week to raise awareness of the 38,000 Australians who go missing each year.


MPAN on The Daily Telegraph - 5th Aug 2018

Fresh calls for information on missing Tasmanians during National Missing Persons Week

The Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2018
THE family of a man who went missing in Hobart almost 16 years ago is still seeking answers about why he disappeared without explanation.


MPAN on The Age & WA Today - 5th August 2018

Have a takeaway coffee and help solve a missing persons case

The Age & WA Today, 5th August 2018
It’s been 10 years and four months since Warren Meyer set off for a bushwalk at Dom Dom Saddle, in the Yarra Ranges National Park, and was never seen again.


MPAN on The Leader - 30th July 2018

Living in hope that missing son returns home

The Leader, 30th July 2018
Family continues search on fourth anniversary of Nick Veljanovski’s disappearance for Missing Persons Week 2018.


MPAN on ABC - 28th July 2018

Missing persons’ families keep Loren going 24/7

ABC, 28th July 2018
Loren O’Keeffe knows what it’s like to have a loved one go missing. That’s why she has dedicated her life to supporting families in the same predicament.


MPAN on Campaign Brief - 20th June 2018

whiteGREY wins Bronze in Mobile for Missing Persons Advocacy Network ‘Invisible Friends’

Campaign Brief, 20th June 2018
whiteGREY is the only Australian agency to pick up metal in the Cannes Mobile Lions category, scoring a Bronze Lion for Missing Persons Advocacy Network ‘Invisible Friends’.


MPAN on SBS - 31st May 2018

What no one talks about when a loved one goes missing

SBS, 31 May 2018
It has been two years since Matthew Roberts vanished after his commercial fishing trawler capsized near Fraser Island from an unknown cause.


MPAN on Herald Sun - 7th May 2018

Fresh Hope to Find Tej

Herald Sun, 7 May 2018
Becoming friends with missing person Tej Chitnis on Facebook could be the key to finding him.Two years have passed since the then 21-year-old was last seen leaving his Burwood East family home on Bonview Crescent just before 10.30am on April 27, 2016.

MPAN on BBC - 2nd May 2018

Facial recognition technology to help find missing persons

BBC, 2 May 2018
Facial recognition technology is also being used in Australia in a new campaign to identify missing persons.


MPAN on Mashable- 1st May 2018

Missing persons organisation looks to Facebook’s facial recognition feature

Mashable, 1 May 2018
Facebook’s new facial recognition features makes some people uneasy, but the tool could help find missing people.


MPAN on Goodinwindi Argus - 1st May 2018

Invisible Friends campaign features missing Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd

Goodiwindi Argus, 1 May 2018
A new campaign to find missing people using Facebook’s facial recognition technology features Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd, who disappeared in 2015.


MPAN on ABC Sydney - 30th April 2018

Facebook facial recognition could unlock clues in search for missing persons

ABC Sydney, 30 April 2018
Sending a Facebook friend request to a missing person seems strange, but it may be the key to finding them. Launched by the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN), the Invisible Friends campaign calls for Facebook users around the world to befriend the profiles of missing persons.


MPAN on The Age - 29th April 2018

The facial recognition technology on Facebook being used to find missing people

The Age, 29 April 2018
A powerful new facial-recognition technology used by Facebook has families hopeful that their lost loved ones can be found in photos posted on social media.


MPAN on Broadsheet - 10th April 2018

The Coffee Cup Raising Awareness of Missing Persons

Broadsheet, 10 April 2018
Loren O’Keefe has created a Melbourne take – with artists and writers – on the milk-carton imagery that has come to be associated with the disappeared.


MPAN on ABC Article - 28th Feb 2018

Tasmanian rapper releases tribute to all missing persons, as the search continues for his brother

ABC, 28 Feb 2018
A Tasmanian rap artist whose younger brother disappeared more than a year ago is hoping his latest song will raise awareness about missing persons and the pain felt by those left behind.


MPAN on ABC Article - 10th December 2017

Missing persons: The agony of losing a loved one, when they’re not officially gone

ABC, 10 Dec 2017
Families of missing persons, particularly the long-term missing, face administrative and bureaucratic hurdles that exacerbate their grief.


Loren O'Keeffe

Personnes disparues : à Melbourne, Loren O’Keefe réinvente le soutien aux familles

Le Courrier Australien, 11 September 2017
Dans le contexte opaque et inquiétant de la disparition de la petite Maëlys en France, Le Courrier Australien s’est interrogé sur le traitement de ce type d’affaire en Australie.


Donny Govan muralFamily continues to believe Donny Govan will be found

Riverine Herald, 2 September 2017
FIVE years ago today, 16-year-old Donny Govan vanished from an Echuca campsite. Never to be seen again. Yet his Ballarat family is still holding out hope that their beloved son and brother is alive.


Little girl standing in front of Donny Govan muralMissing Donny Govan’s family vows: ‘We won’t give up looking’

Western Advocate, 31 August 2017
September 1 marks five long years for the Ballarat family of Donny Govan, as they face the anniversary of his disappearance. Donny was 16 when he was last seen at a campsite in Echuca on September 1, 2012.


Mural of missing teen Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon created in Hosier Lane

Herald Sun, 6 August 2017
FOR six years, the family of Boronia teenager Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon has lived with her disappearance and the anguish of not knowing what happened.


Female stick figure outlined with dotted line between lots of men

Welcome home: Here’s why we need to hear from missing persons who return

SBS, 3 August 2017
The first week of August marks National Missing Persons Week. For the majority of the week two issues will be prominent – images of those still lost and stories shared by those left behind. But is another story not being told?


Tej Chitnis muralLife for family of missing Melbourne man Tej Chitnis a ‘constant nightmare’

SBS, 30 July 2017
More than a year after Tej Chitnis disappeared without a trace, his family say they continue to hold hope that he’s still out there.


Charles Wooley with Loren60 Minutes Update: The Missing

60 Minutes, April 2017
It’s an alarming and surprising statistic: every hour four Australians go missing. That equals 100 people a day, or 38,000 a year, who vanish. Thankfully most are found relatively quickly, but for the families of those who aren’t the torment of not knowing what has happened to their loved one is devastating.


Photo of missing Nazrawi WoldemichaelThe Unmissables: Bringing back the human stories of missed loved ones

ABC, 28 April 2017
A Hobart family is using art to show the real people behind missing person statistics through the national project The Unmissables. Nazrawi (Naz) Samson Woldemichael is a talented artist, the youngest of his family, and a shy and passionate young man. He has not been seen since October 9.


3 women and a man standing by a brick wall.Rye Hunt’s legacy supports Tasmanian missing persons

The Mercury, 22 April 2017
The legacy of Rye Hunt, who died in Brazil last year, will touch more Tasmanians in a new campaign connecting artists with missing persons. Mr Hunt’s sister, Romany Brodribb, is part of The Unmissables, a project launched this month by Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN).


Benjamin LawMPAN partners families with artists and journalists to help make the missing ‘unmissable’

Mumbrella, 21 April 2017
The families of long-term missing people have been partnered with artists and journalists, such as Benjamin Law the creator of SBS’ The Family Law, in an effort to help tell their stories and make them ‘unmissable’ as part of the Missing Persons Advocacy Network’s latest campaign.


Artists impression of man's faceUsing Art to Humanise Missing Persons Cases

Vice, April 2017
A new art project is reimagining the way we think about missing persons cases. ‘The Unmissables’ pairs illustrators and writers with people who have been reported missing, asking them to tell personal stories that make each case far more compelling than a profile on the back of a milk carton.

Loren Jayant Heesco RevaOne year on, “there are too many questions, but no answers at all” – Jayant Chitnis

SBS, 12 April 2017
Tej Chitnis went missing from Melbourne on April 27, 2016. Now, a mural – as part of MPAN’s The Unmissables – near Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne aims to help reignite the memories of the public.


Man stands in front of muralUnmissable artworks to help find lost loved ones

The Age, 9 April 2017
What do you miss when someone isn’t there, what makes them unmissable? Is it their smell? Their touch? The sound of their voice? Or maybe it’s the way they laugh? For Tej Chitnis’ loved ones, they miss everything about him.


mural of Tej ChitnisWe reimagined missing persons posters with help from the world’s best artists and writers to make them the ‘Unmissables’

Funny Acorn, April 2017
The search for the long term missing fades over time. In Australia, 100 people go missing every day. Many remain missing and their cases go cold when the police and media move on. So we replaced the vital statistics on boring missing persons posters with stunning works of art and a story about them as individuals, to reignite the search.

Hack for Humanity participantsHacking for humanity to help women grow and connect with technology

Generosity Mag, 23 March 2017
MPAN provides support to family and loved ones of a missing person in their darkest time. The team wanted to make the process of creating a search campaign as easy as possible.


judgeGlobal non-profit Girls in Tech teams up with REA Group to host its first Hacking for Humanity event in Melbourne

Smart Company, 28 February 2017
“Making a tool like these guys have done … means the world to people who find themselves in an absolute nightmare,” O’Keeffe said during the event.




Most of what we’ve been able to capture is available on our YouTube channel here.

Adage – The Top 5 Breakthrough Creative Ideas of the Week

10th August 2018

ABC – 100 people go missing each day; what would you do if it was someone you knew?

28th July 2018

The Project – Invisible Friends

30th April 2018

Sky News – Facebook facial recognition aids missing persons search

1st May 2018

Sky News - 1st May 2018

WIN TV: Public Service Announcements

August 2017

Seven News Melbourne

August 2017

CommBank Australian of the Day – Loren O’Keeffe

7th Jan 2016

‘Extra Minutes’ interview with 60 Minutes the month MPAN began

One Year On – A look inside MPAN’s Missing Persons Guide

A Public Service Announcement from ambassador Deborah Mailman

The grant that helped create MPAN: Vodafone’s World of Difference

Promise: Missing You – Featuring Soli Tesema [Music Video]



Whilst most radio interviews are not online, please find some of the latest below.

ABC Myf Warhurst

23rd Nov 2018

ABC Myf Warhurst - 23rd 18

ABC Conversations


ABC Hobart – Nazrawi Woldemichael’s Unmissable image unveiled

28th Feb 2018

ABC Hobart Radio - 28th Feb 18

Triple J Hack – What it’s like when your sibling goes missing

28th Feb 2018

ABC Hobart Radio - 28th Feb 18