Here are the people still deemed missing after last being seen in Far North Queensland, some of whom haven't been sighted for over 25 years.

This National Missing Persons Week, law enforcement agencies are appealing to the public for fresh information on thousands of disappearances. 

Across Australia, there are over 2,500 people listed as a long-term missing person – meaning they've been missing for more than three months. 


Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the public plays a crucial role in helping police find missing people.

“In 2021 more than 53,000 people were reported missing in Australia,’’ Minister Ryan said.

“During National Missing Persons Week, I encourage people to reflect on the fact that behind the statistics, behind the police appeals, are real people who remain missing.

“I encourage anyone with information about a person’s disappearance to contact police as all it takes is one person to recognise a photo or even someone reported missing to come forward, which has the potential to resolve an investigation and lead to much-needed answers for families and friends.”   

Those with information on any missing people are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Allison Bernard

Missing since: Sunday, 10 February, 2013

Last seen: Archer River, QLD

Year of birth: 1989

Age now: 33

Gender: Female

Height: 155cm

Build: Slim

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Complexion: Dark


Allison Bernard was 23-years-old and a mother of two children when she disappeared.

Originally from Kowanyama, she was last seen on 10 February 2013 allegedly leaving the Exchange Hotel in Coen with Thomas Byrnes, who she'd met that day.

An extensive land and aerial search which commenced four days after her disappearance failed to locate her.

After another search was held last year, a coronial inquest was launched in December. 

Following the second sitting, which concluded in April, Northern Coroner Nerida Wilson ordered police to undertake fresh searches and digs at locations around Coen and the quarry Mr Byrnes previously lived at. 

The inquest is expected to resume for a third sitting at the end of this year.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll will also be required to review the adequacy and governance of the initial police investigation. 

Ms Bernard remains on the Australian Federal Police's missing persons register. 

Alexandra Gowing

Missing since: Saturday, 29 May, 2004

Last seen: Cairns QLD

Year of birth: 1954

Age now: 67

Gender: Female

Height: 170cm

Build: Slim

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Distinguishing features: Scar above the left eye; tattoo of dove carrying a fig leaf on the left side shoulder-back.


Alexandra Gowing was last seen on 29 May 2004 in Cairns.

At the time she was wearing a faded one-piece dress in green colour with floral pattern.

Anthony Strong

Missing since: Thursday, 9 November, 1995

Last seen: Thursday Island, QLD

Year of birth: 1927

Age now: 94

Gender: Male

Height: 160cm

Build: Medium

Hair: Brown, balding

Eyes: Hazel

Complexion: Fair


Anthony Strong was last seen on 9 November 1995 at Sarina bus terminal by his brother.

Anthony's plans were to travel to Thursday Island.

Anthony was seen at the Post Office on Thursday Island on 13 November 1995.

He has not been seen or heard from since this date.

Daniel Te-Wake

Missing since: Monday, 6 April, 2020

Last seen: Cairns, QLD

Year of birth: 1978

Age now: 44

Gender: Male

Height: 170cm

Build: Slim

Hair: Greying black

Eyes: Brown

Complexion: Olive

Ethnicity: Maori


Daniel was last seen on the morning of 6 April, 2020.

Daniel left the Cairns City Backpackers located at Draper Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns in his vehicle, a white 1989 Toyota Camry sedan bearing Queensland registration 335ZDS.

The vehicle was located on 7 April parked ‘crookedly’ on the side of the Bruce Highway, south of Fishery Falls.

An extensive land and air search failed to locate Daniel.

Frederick Bamboo

Missing since: Thursday, 1 June, 1995

Last seen: Palm Island QLD

Year of birth: 1949

Age now: 73

Gender: Male

Height: 165cm

Build: Thin

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Complexion: Dark


Fredrick Bamboo, a resident of Mossman in north Queensland, was last seen on Palm Island when he attended a funeral in June 1995.

He has not been in contact with associates or any family members since.

He has not been located despite extensive enquiries.

Kathleen O’Shea

Missing since: Thursday, 29 December, 2005

Last seen: Atherton, QLD

Year of birth: 1961

Age now: 60

Gender: Female

Height: 171cm

Build: Slim

Hair: Dark

Eyes: Green

Complexion: Tanned


Kathleen, or Katie, O’Shea had come to the Tablelands in late 2005 ahead of the birth of her first grandchild.

She was last seen in Atherton in late December, 2005.

An inquest was held into her suspected death in 2014, with Coroner Jane Bentley concluding that Ms O'Shea likely died soon after her disappearance. 

“I am satisfied that Ms O’Shea was last seen by the bottle shop attendant in the bottle shop of the Atherton Hotel that evening. She left there in the company of two men,” Coroner Bentley said.  

“There is no evidence that Ms O’Shea was seen anywhere after she left the Atherton Hotel and it is to be expected that, had she travelled elsewhere after being at the Hotel, sightings of her would have been reported.

“The cause of her death cannot be determined but it is most likely that an unknown person or persons with whom she came into contact either at the Atherton Hotel or soon after she left there, caused her death and disposed of her body.”

Ms O'Shea remains on the Australian Federal Police's missing persons register. 

Martin Frodsham

Missing since: Sunday, 1 July, 2012

Last seen: Cairns, QLD

Year of birth: 1968

Age now: 54

Gender: Male

Height: 169cm

Build: Medium

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green

Complexion: Fair


Martin Frodsham, then 44-years-old, went to Brisbane from Western Australia in June 2012 before heading north with the intention of seeking work in the Gladstone area.

He was last seen in the Cairns and Cooktown areas in July 2012.

He has not be been seen since.

Michael Lorenz-Schrader

Missing since: Wednesday, 21 August, 1996

Last seen: Gordonvale, QLD

Year of birth: 1963

Age now: 58

Gender: Male

Height: 185cm

Build: Solid

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Complexion: Olive


Michael Lorenz-Schrader was last seen by his father in August/September in Gordonvale.

Michael was commonly known as ‘Adrian’ by close friends and family.

He was believed to be travelling to the Northern Territory via western Queensland.

Reece Kearney

Missing since: Thursday, 21 December, 2017

Last seen: Julatten, QLD

Year of birth: 1991

Age now: 30

Gender: Male

Height: 172cm

Build: Proportional

Hair: Light brown

Eyes: Hazel

Distinguishing features: A tattoo on the inside of his right arm that has the words, “Life Goes On” in large, cursive script.


At the time of his disappear Reece Kearney was living with his parents at Julatten, near Mount Molloy.

Reece was last seen by family and friends after attending a funeral of a close friend who passed away suddenly. He was in a distressed and agitated state.

After returning from a trip into town, Reece’s mother had discovered that her motorcycle was missing from her home and Reece was unable to be located.

Police investigations revealed Reece was seen at a Ravenshoe roadhouse on 15 December riding a black 2012 Bonneyville Triumph motorcycle, and there were later reports he was seen in Mt Surprise.

It's believed Reece was attempting to make his way to Normanton to see his brother, however he never made it and his family believe he may have had a crash.

On 8 February the motorcycle was located at the Telstra Tower on the Newcastle Range, approximately 20 kilometres east of Georgetown.

Reece was not located and investigations into his whereabouts have failed to locate him.

Tony Clinch

Missing since: Saturday, 15 November, 1997

Last seen: Cairns Airport plane to France

Responsible jurisdiction: Australian Missing Overseas

Year of birth: 1939

Age now: 82

Gender: Male

Height: 178cm

Build: Slim

Hair: Grey

Eyes: Blue/green

Complexion: Fair

Distinguishing features: Hair was a mousey brown colour at time of disappearance; large greying goatee beard.


Tony Clinch was last seen at Cairns Airport on 15 November 1997.

He departed Australia on JAL Flight 768 and arrived at Roissy Airport, France at 4.55 pm on 16 November 1997.

Tony was to travel to England to visit his ageing parents but never arrived.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

Clinch is a Veterans Affairs pensioner.

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