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Nova launches a podcast to highlight Missing Persons Week

Thursday 01 August, 2019

NOVA Entertainment will launch a new real-life podcast series, The Disappearance of Des, to coincide with the 40-year anniversary of one man’s disappearance, and to support and raise awareness for National Missing Persons Week, an event held in the first week of August each year.
The Disappearance of Des is the story of Desmond Francis Carr who drove a steamroller for the Main Roads Department, in an outback town, in Western Australia.
A truck dropped him off in the morning where he worked alone and when his colleagues returned for him at 4pm that afternoon, his steamroller was still on, but Des was gone.
A police report showed that Des was injured in a fight, when struck by a chair to the head, just before his disappearance and his father believed Des lost his memory and was still alive but did know his identity, while others thought UFO’s were involved.
The podcast looks at the unanswered questions, the impact on those left behind and raises awareness for National Missing Persons Week.
Every year on average 38,000 Australians are reported missing and while most are found, approximately 1,600 people remain long term missing.
National Missing Persons Week will be held from 4 to 10 August and aims to raise awareness of the significant issues associated with missing persons, as well as helping to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia.
The Disappearance of Des podcast enlisted Jude Seivwright from the WA’s Police Force Missing Person’s Department to look over the cold case notes and provide feedback, and also features Suzy Radcliffe, the founder of Leave A Light On Facebook group.
Leave A Light On aims to raise awareness for long-term missing persons and provides support for families suffering ambiguous loss of their loved ones.
Suzy’s sister went missing in 1979 and she says, “It’s a generation thing too because it affects generations to come. Not just the immediate family that have experienced it but future generations. Even though the kids haven’t known the missing person they have grown up learning so much about them. It affects them emotionally and mentally.”
The Disappearance of Des is a five part series available from Friday 2 August, with new episodes released each week, available on Acast



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