Amending the missing link

By BRIAN BIGG

ANDREA WHARTON may well be alive and happy some-where, but her family don't know it. And they've been left wondering for the past 23 years what happened to her.

Andrea, who would now be 47 years old, left her Gold Coast home to visit friends at Byron Bay in February 1984.

She rang her family and wrote them a letter a few days later saying she was confused and planned to stay in Byron Bay for about a month. She has not contacted them again and no one who knew her has ever seen or heard from her.

Andrea is one of about 30,000 people reported missing in Australia every year that's one person every 18 minutes.

This week is Missing Persons Week and its aim is to draw attention to the plight of the families whose loved ones never come home.

Stacey DeSielvie is another one from around here.

He left home in 1992 and kept in touch with his parents until April 1994. He contacted his father on April 20, 1994, and told him he was in Armidale and was coming home. That was his last contact.

As part of Missing Persons Week, police have asked anyone who hasn't told loved-ones where they are, to ring home this week.

n If someone you know has gone missing contact your local police station or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000



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