RECENT MEDIA 

Newcastle Weekly, 22nd May 2024

A community effort in Charlestown aims to raise $20,000 for a large-scale mural to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Gordana Kotevski’s disappearance and to honour her memory while advocating for justice.

Amelia Grozdanovski's decade-long journey with ambiguous loss

ABC Statewide Drive, 15th March 2024

Amelia Grozdanovski, daughter of missing Lorrin Whitehead, recounts her decade-long struggle coping with her mother’s disappearence, shedding light on the complex challenges and hardships faced by those with missing loved ones.

ABC News, 14th March 2024

The disappearence of Samantha Murphy has re-opened some old wounds for Amelia Grozdanovski due to the level of police response, as her mother Lorrin Whitehead went missing 11 years ago.

ABC News, 16th February 2024

As the investigation and search of missing Samantha Murphy remains ongoing, The Missed Foundation’s Loren O’Keeffe encourages the people of Ballarat to remain hopeful and united in their support and provides ways the community can contribute to the ongoing efforts.

The tragic case of missing samantha Murphy

ABC Evenings, 13th February 2024

The story of missing Samantha Murphy raises community concern and highlights the traumatic issue of missing persons. The Missed Foundation’s Loren O’Keefe delves into the continual nature of ambiguous loss and the resources and specialised support available for individuals grappling with this complex phenomenon.

The Senior, 6th February 2024

Following the disappearance of Rebecca Bundy in 1984, Gone, a narrative written by a rural Victorian resident, Glenna Thomson, delves deep into the complexities of grief, resilience, and the enduring bonds of family.

10 News, 31st July 2023

10 News spoke with ambiguous loss expert, Dr Sarah Wayland and cousin of missing backpacker Theo Hayez, Lisa Hayez, to launch the world first initiative Ambiguous Loss Masterclass.

ABC News Breakfast, 30th July 2023

ABC News Breakfast spoke with internationally renowned missing persons expert Dr Sarah Wayland, and Lili Greer, daughter of missing Queensland woman Tina Greer, to launch our new Ambiguous Loss Masterclass.

ABC News, 11th May 2023

The longer a person is missing abroad, the harder it gets for families dealing with ambiguous loss. Dianne and Jock Chambers, son of missing backpacker Ryan Chambers, share there tragic experience of ambiguous loss and the available support individuals in the same situation should take. “What the hell do we do?”

Australian of the Year, 8th November 2022

Loren was awarded a Victorian 2023 Australian of the Year nominee at Government House in November.

60 Minutes, 16th October 2022

From initial request through to airing, Missed supported the family of Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez acting as an intermediary between them and Nine producers to ensure they were as comfortable with this 60 Minutes feature as possible.

Mirage News, 20th September 2022

The Missed Foundation welcomes the NSW Government’s decision to increase cooperation between convicted murderers and the authorities to reveal locations of victims through the ‘no body, no parole’ laws.

ABC Radio Sydney, 20th September 2022

Proposed new laws would make it “impossible” for convicted murderers to be released on parole in NSW if they refuse to reveal the location of their victims’ bodies.

Broad Agenda, 20th September 2022

In early August 2022 we marked National Missing Persons Week – a time when the Australian community can reflect on the stories of loss relating to those who have vanished, and those who are left behind.

The importance of community searches

ABC Radio, 7th September 2022

ABC Radio WA sought Missed’s comments on the large-scale ground search conducted for missing man Corey O’Connell over 3-4 September 2022.

Western Advocate, 3rd September 2022

Kylie Spelde the sister of missing Bathurst woman Janine Vaughan, is helping other families dealing with ambiguous loss by sharing her personal insight on her life in the last 21 years.

Gold Coast Bulletin, 6th August 2022

Every morning, Lisa Hayez wakes knowing this could be the day. And that’s both the hope that keeps her searching and the dread that tortures her. For three years now, Lisa has been living a waking nightmare … ever since her cousin, Théo Hayez, disappeared in Byron Bay. With no body and no closure, she cannot yet begin to grieve her loss but instead is suspended in an endless, ambiguous anguish.

The Monthly, 1st August 2022

When a family member goes missing in a high-profile case, a surge of charlatans, cranks and hacks are stirred into action. Psychics will call you to pitch their gifts and share their hunches. Phone calls will come in the middle of the night, only to offer a sinister laugh or laboured breathing. Reporters will beg and badger you into yielding before their cameras. Well-meaning but thoughtless citizens will call in useless tips that will accumulate into a mountain of demoralising and contradictory intelligence.

Herald Sun, 1st August 2022

Whenever Barwon Heads man William Ness sits down to have a cup of tea or a hot chocolate, he dedicates it to his son Daymon. It’s a tradition started by his late wife Elise, after their son Daymon went missing during a walk in Nitmiluk National Park, 23km northeast of Katherine in the NT in October 2020.

ABC News Breakfast, 1st August 2022

ABC News Breakfast spoke with Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, and Hope Narratives project participant and cousin of missing Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez, Lisa, to launch the world-first therapeutic tool.

National Missing Persons Week 2022

ABC Wimmera Radio, 1st August 2022

Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, speaks with ABC Wimmera Radio during National Missing Persons Week 2022 to launch the Hope Narratives, a world-first therapeutic tool.

Bendigo Advertiser, 31st July 2022

A new lifeline has been thrown to families struggling with the hardship of having a loved one go missing. The Missed Foundation has said that more than 53,000 people were reported missing in Australia last year, which was a rise of more than 30 percent in reports wince 2020.

9 News, 31st July 2022

Nine News spoke with Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, and Hope Narratives project participants Lisa Hayez and Sally Leydon to launch the world-first therapeutic tool.

10 News, 31st July 2022

10 News spoke with Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, and Hope Narratives project participants Lisa Hayez and Sally Leydon to launch the world-first therapeutic tool.

Why 10's New 'Hunted' Series Hurts Families Of Real Missing People

ABC Radio Breakfast, 27th July 2022

Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, speaks to ABC Radio Breakfast following the publication of a recent op-ed on issues with channel 10’s new series ‘Hunted’ and the negative effects it has had on the families of real missing Australians.

LinkedIn, 15th July 2022

Missed founder Loren O’Keeffe, published an op-ed on LinkedIn detailing the issues with channel 10’s new series ‘Hunted’ and the negative effects it has had on the families of real missing Australians.

7News Australia, 28th March 2022

It’s been two decades since teenager Niamh Maye went missing after going on a camping trip, last seen on Gocup Road between Tumut and Gundagai.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 27th March 2022

Ambiguous loss leaves a person searching for answers and complicates and delays the grieving process. Loren O’Keeffe, who started The Missed Foundation, had personal experience. Her brother Daniel, 24, went missing at their home in Geelong, Victoria in 2011.