First Nations young people make up around 20% of missing children in Australia. However, these cases rarely make national, let alone international headlines.
The most important thing to avoid is intrusive, probing questioning straight away. The media and the public should also refrain from speculative, premature comment.
Cleo is the latest missing child case to grip the nation. And our fascination with every twist and turn of such cases can both help and be a curse.
How can we find buried bodies? Ground penetrating radar is one solution - but it’s not always effective. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) offers a very sensitive alternative.
New data which details how South African children age and their faces grow will prove invaluable in finding missing children.
Most of the world’s ‘orphans’ are not orphans at all and many are caught up in a global trade in meeting demand for adoption. Making intercountry adoption easier adds to the risks for these children.