THE rain held off just long enough for the Zonta Missing Persons Memorial Service to go ahead on the eastern foreshore this morning.
Despite freezing conditions, it was arguably the best attended memorial service ever at the Zonta Missing Persons Memorial.
The message for this year’s Missing Persons Week is Still Waiting for You to Come Home.
Mayor Marina Vergone said the day recognised those who were missing and the enduring pain for the friends and family of those who did not return.
She said Missing Persons Week also aimed to raise awareness of the high number of youth reported missing each year.
“With the high amount of homelessness in Mandurah, I believe this year’s message is even more important and special to our community,’’ she said.
“Having a person go missing with no explanation is something no family should have to go through.”
Senior Sergeant Steve Thompson said there were more than 40,000 missing people in Australia although around 99.5 per cent of them were usually found.
About 50 per cent were under 18.