Being a missing person is not a crime, but it can be incredibly difficult for those family and friends left behind.

What is a missing person?

A person is considered missing when their current whereabouts are unknown and there is concern for their safety and welfare.

A person is considered missing until they are located and their welfare is established.

Reporting someone missing

In South Australia, you do not have to wait 24 hours to report a person missing. It’s important to contact the police as soon as you become concerned about someone who is missing.

You can report someone missing as soon as their whereabouts are unknown and you hold a genuine concern for their safety and welfare.

You should try to provide as much information as you can. This can include:

  • why you are concerned about their safety or welfare
  • a full description of the missing person and a recent photograph
  • when and where your loved one was last seen or spoken to
  • details of places your loved one likes to visit
  • their address, phone numbers, email accounts and social media accounts
  • any information about medical problems or needs
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of friends, their employer, work colleagues or school (if they are a young person)
  • their bank, credit card or other financial accounts
  • car registration number, make and model or any other transport they may be using
  • drivers licence and passport details
  • any behaviour changes or emotional problems you noticed.

More information

Information for those affected by a missing person

This booklet provides information for family and loved ones affected by a missing person.

Download the booklet (PDF, 349.7 KB)