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AFP Releases 'Untraceable' Postcards So The Missing Can Reconnect With Families

As everyone else prepares for the joys of the festive season, Snezhana Dohrn prepares her annual plea for her husband Stuart to come home.

Stuart Dohrn was last seen three years ago on December 14, leaving his house without his wallet, phone or keys.

“He has to be out there somewhere, someone has to have seen him, walked past him, sat next to him or even had a chat to him,” she posted on the ‘Find Stuart Dohrn’ Facebook Page.

“If you do see him, please tell him to come home.”

Each day she waits and hopes for a phone call or a knock at the door just to know that he is safe.

On Thursday she was given a small gift of hope, with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) offering traceless, pre-paid postcards for Missing Persons.

The initiative, run in conjunction with the Salvation Army and Australia Post, will make 8000 postcards available at 400 centres for those who are considered “missing” to send a message home to let their loved ones know they are safe.

“People, whether missing or estranged from their loved ones, can write a message on the postcard -- available at Salvation Army centres -- which will be delivered via a central Australia Post facility anonymously, with no identifiers of the sender’s location,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz explained.

“This method ensures that those people who choose to be ‘missing’ can send a message home without their whereabouts becoming known… (and can reassure) those left wondering what happened to their loved one.

“Receiving a message from a missing loved one could be the greatest Christmas gift for families waiting for answers.”

She added that people go missing for a variety of reasons, and that it is not a crime to do so.

It’s hoped this campaign will provide the catalyst for those choosing to be distant from their families to let them know they are OK.