National Missing Persons Week 2021: South Australia

MISSING: Daryl Norris went missing from Cleve in February 2020. His disappearance is one of more than 60 missing persons cases in South Australia. Photo: Supplied

MISSING: Daryl Norris went missing from Cleve in February 2020. His disappearance is one of more than 60 missing persons cases in South Australia. Photo: Supplied

To highlight National Missing Persons Week this week, Australian Community Media is raising awareness about missing persons in South Australia.

In Australia, a missing person is defined as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and where there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.

If you are concerned about someone whose whereabouts are unknown, and you have serious concerns for their safety or well-being, follow your instincts and report it immediately. You don't need to wait 24 hours to report someone missing.

A long-term missing person is somebody who has been missing for more than three months.

In Australia, there are more than 2600 people listed as a long-term missing person.

There are more than 60 missing persons cases in South Australia listed at - run by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, which is a non-operational arm of the Australian Federal Police.

A number of these cases include people from the regions, or who were last spotted in regional South Australia.

If you have any information on a missing person call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following list may contain images of deceased persons.


Missing since: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Last seen: Angepena Station

Alan Leslie Graham was last seen on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Angepena Station, 42 kilometres south east of Leigh Creek.

Mr Graham advised the station owners he was going off prospecting and would return later that day or the next.

He was not seen or heard of again.

On May 2, 2016, the station owners located Mr Graham's vehicle on an isolated track 20km from the homestead with two flat tyres.

Police were notified and an extensive search commenced, however it was terminated after a number of days.

It is believed Mr Graham is somewhere in the vicinity of Angepena Station, however his remains have not been located.


Missing since: Thursday, November 28, 1991

Last seen: Coober Pedy

Italian Anna Liva, then aged 30, was in Australia travelling when she was last seen alive walking north along Hutchinson Street at Coober Pedy at about 12pm on Thursday, November 28, 1991. She had just visited the Coober Pedy Council office.

Ms Liva has not been seen since this time.

She was an experienced traveller and was backpacking around Australia. Police said her disappearance was out of character and suspect she has been murdered.


Missing since: Thursday, August 9, 1990

Last seen: Iron Baron

A prospector from New South Wales, Colin Williams left Iron Baron near Whyalla and was headed to Cooyerdoo Station and Salt Lake area on Thursday, August 9, 1990.

His vehicle was found bogged two kilometres west of Sinclairs Gap.

Concerns are held for his safety and welfare as he has not been heard from since.

Police conducted an extensive search of the area but Mr Williams was not located.


Missing since: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Last seen: Cleve

Daryl Norris was last seen at 8.30pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at his home address in Cleve.

It appears Mr Norris left the family home on foot without shoes, wallet, cash, bank card or his phone some time during that evening or in the early hours of the next day.

Mr Norris' disappearance is very out of character and there is serious concern for his safety and welfare, particularly given he has never done anything like this before.

Extensive searches undertaken, along with police inquiries to date, have failed to locate Mr Norris and his current whereabouts remains unknown.


Missing since: Monday, February 16, 2004

Last seen: Port Lincoln

Eric Lynch is missing and presumed murdered.

Then 44, the Adelaide man was reported missing on Monday, February 16, 2004 by his housemate.

Mr Lynch was last seen in the mid-afternoon of Tuesday, February 10, 2004, after visiting an associate in Port Lincoln.

He was last seen driving a white Holden Commodore sedan.

Mr Lynch's bank accounts have not been accessed and he has not been in contact with any family friends.

Of note is that he has had no contact with his family, which is highly unusual.

Police arrested two people, charging them with his murder. The charges were later withdrawn.


Missing since: Friday, August 1, 1975

Last seen: Milang

Milang man Giuseppe Iannella was reported missing in 1975 and he has not been seen or heard from since.

At age 46, Mr Iannella, known as Joe, went missing sometime between February and August 1975. The exact timing of his disappearance is unclear.

He was living with his wife and four children at the family dairy farm on Lake Plains Road. He has olive complexion and would be 92 today.

Excavations at the farm occurred in September 2006 as Major Crime Detectives searched for his remains or anything related to his disappearance, without success.

There is a $200,000 reward for information on this case.


Missing since: Sunday, August 2, 1970

Last seen: Beachport

Gordon Rogers, then aged 20, was last seen in Beachport at about 3.30 am on Sunday, August 2, 1970.

He was reported missing at Beachport Police Station at 10.30am the same day by a friend and work colleague.

Mr Rogers was a Canadian citizen and resident of Saskatchewan, Canada.

He was on a working holiday in Australia after arriving in Sydney on Saturday, March 28,1970 on a 12-month Visa.

After travelling for a short time he was employed by the Woods and Forest Department as a labourer.

He intended to work for them for six weeks before travelling to New Zealand.

On the day of his disappearance, Mr Rogers had attended a party in Beachport and been drinking with the friend who subsequently reported him missing.

The friend stated that he left the party to take his girlfriend home and asked another male to take Mr Rogers home.

The other male stated that he took another female home first and when he returned to the party Mr Rogers was no longer there.

Mr Rogers has not been seen or heard from since. Police suspect he has been murdered.


Missing since: Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Last seen: Port Germein

Gregory Christiansen disappeared on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 after telling the manager of a local hostel in Port Germein that he was going for a walk.

He had arrived from Adelaide the day before by bus and his property was left in his hostel room.


Missing since: Friday, October 30, 2009

Last seen: Whyalla

Whyalla local Henry 'Harry' Houston has been missing since Friday, October 30, 2009.

The last confirmed sighting of him was about 12pm when the then 50-year-old left a friend's home in his red Toyota Forerunner.

Mr Houston's vehicle was later seen parked in the driveway of a home in Harvey Street at Whyalla, at about 1pm.

The vehicle remained there until it was seized by police on Sunday, November 1, 2009.

Mr Houston regularly wore a Geelong Football Club baseball cap and would attend the Monarch Pharmacy in the Westlands Shopping Centre each morning.

Police suspect he has been murdered.


Missing since: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Last seen: Coober Pedy

John Bruce was last seen in Coober Pedy on or about Saturday, January 16, 2010.

He has not made contact with family or friends since.

It is believed that he may have been travelling to the Northern Territory to find work, but known associates there have not seen or heard from him.

Mr Bruce was believed to be travelling in a red 1985 Ford Courier utility with the South Australia registration XPO371.


Missing since: Wednesday, April 10, 1985

Last seen: Adelaide

Originally from Port Pirie, John Connor was reported missing from Adelaide as of 2.20pm on Wednesday, April 10, 1985.

It is believed he travelled to Adelaide to attend a Telecom seminar and has not been sighted since.


Missing since: Thursday, February 3, 2000

Last seen: Amata

Liam David Brady was last sighted on Thursday, February 3, 2000 in the APY Lands in the Far North.

At the time of his disappearance, Mr Brady was involved in a dispute with family members over substance abuse and fled into bushland.

Concerns are held for the safety and welfare of Mr Brady, as he has not been heard from since.

Police conducted extensive ground and aerial searches but Mr Brady was not located.


Missing since: Tuesday, January 26, 1988

Last seen: Mount Gambier

Margaret Anne Bernie was last seen at her Mount Gambier home on the morning of Monday, January 25, 1988.

Her family became seriously concerned for her safety and welfare when she was not seen again and no contact was made by her.

Ms Bernie was later reported missing by her sister to the Mount Gambier Police. She has not been seen since.

In July and December 1989 there was a possible sighting of Ms Bernie by friends in Adelaide.

Despite extensive enquiries, she was not located and her disappearance remains a mystery.

After all this time there is still no paper trail to provide police with any clues as to her whereabouts and no contact has been made with her family or friends.

Grave concerns are held for Ms Bernie's safety and welfare.


Missing since: Friday, March 1, 2013

Last seen: Yalata

Maxwell Bryant was last sighted on Friday, March 1, 2013 in Yalata.

He was often transient between Ceduna and Port Augusta and it was on this date that it is believed that he left Yalata intending to travel to Port Augusta.

At this time he was of poor health and had recently been released from hospital.

Family and community have concerns for his safety and welfare as they have not heard from him since.

Extensive enquiries have been conducted with transport services, interstate police and the Aboriginal community, to no avail.


Missing since: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Last seen: Kimba

Scott Redman was last seen near Kimba, on Saturday afternoon, April 21, 2018.

Mr Redman was last seen in a vehicle travelling west on Eyre Highway towards Kimba.

He became separated from the vehicle in scrubland 40 kilometres east of Kimba and has not been seen since.

The motor vehicle Mr Redman was travelling in was located abandoned on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 on a track off Middleback Road at Secret Rocks.

Despite extensive enquiries and police searches, Mr Redman remains missing and his whereabouts unknown.

Grave concerns are held for Mr Redman's safety and welfare.


Missing since: Friday, July 19, 2002

Last seen: Port Lincoln

Susan Goodwin, aged 39, was reported missing from her home address at Moonta Crescent in Port Lincoln on Friday, July 19, 2002.

Ms Goodwin was last seen at about 12pm that day, after shopping at both Coles and Woolworths in Port Lincoln.

Her vehicle was located in the driveway of her home address at about 4.45pm.

She was known to associate with persons involved in the drug scene within the Port Lincoln area. A number of these associates have been spoken to by detectives.

Extensive searches of the area surrounding Port Lincoln have not been successful in locating Ms Goodwin and police suspect she has been murdered.

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