THIS week is National Missing Person’s Week, a time to recognise missing people who are found, remember those who are still lost and gather information to help bring them home.
Locally, police are using the week to appeal for assistance in locating two of the region’s more recent missing person cases.
Far South Coast Police Local Area Command has featured 38-year-old Kellie Anne Levitski on its Facebook page in an effort to regenerate community interest in the case.
Ms Levitski has been missing from the Mount Darragh area since March 30.
She was last seen about 8.30pm at her Mount Darragh Rd address.
Ms Levitski had gone to bed, but the following morning was reported missing to police by family members. She left with only the clothes she was wearing.
Ms Levitski, who would now be aged 38, has not been seen since.
She is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 178cm tall, large build (113kg), with dyed blonde hair with black streaks on top and brown eyes.
Her disappearance is being investigated by Bega detectives.
Similarly, the family of Sylvia Pajuczok continue to seek public assistance in the hope that it may shed new light on her disappearance from the Bombala area eight years ago.
Ms Pajuczok was last seen around Christmas time 2008.
There is a $100,000 reward for information in relation to this case.
Anyone who knows of Kellie Anne Levitski or Sylvia Pajuczok’s whereabouts or has information that may assist investigators in locating these women is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
National Missing Persons Week is an annual event coordinated by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre through the Australian Federal Police with the support of State and Territory police.
Currently in NSW, over 160 people are reported missing each week.
Nation-wide, 35,000 people are reported missing each year - that’s one person every 15 minutes.
While 95 per cent of missing persons are found within a short period of time, usually within one week, there are currently more than 1600 long-term missing persons, missing for more than six months.