Police hope faces of the lost will help bring closure

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Peta Simone Weber and Rowan Cook have been missing for years.
Camera IconPeta Simone Weber and Rowan Cook have been missing for years.

On June 22, 1997, Peta Simone Weber disappeared from The Gap without a trace.

The 25-year-old had been fishing with her husband about 6.30am when she vanished, with search teams aided by an aircraft, three boats and sniffer dogs unable to find any leads.

In October 2014, Rowan Cook went missing while camping near Walpole.

The 40-year-old’s camp site was found abandoned that November. His body has never been found.

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These are some of the Great Southern’s missing person cases and despite years of publicity, their stories have failed to lead to answers.

While Ms Weber’s disappearance is the only case of the two considered suspicious, police continue to seek information on each disappearance.

The three are among 321 long-term missing persons in WA, with Missing Persons Unit First Class Const. Joe Burr saying he hoped publicity could help finally close some cases.

“We want to bring those people back — if they want to come back,” he said.

“We also want to give the family or the reporting person peace of mind that the person has been located and the Western Australian Police have done everything in our power to locate that person.”

This week is National Missing Persons Week, with State, Territory and Federal police working together to raise awareness of those missing across Australia, while trying to bring closure to some long-running mysteries.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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