Woman And Baby Reported Missing By Family After 20 Years With No Contact
Veronica Philomena Lockyer, 33, and her seven-month-old baby Adell Sherylee Partridge were last seen in rural Western Australia in 1998.
Lockyer lived a nomadic life.
She stayed in women's hostels in Perth and with extended family in the state's northern Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.
Lockyer and her young child were last seen at Midland shopping centre in Perth's east.
So when the family hadn't seen her, they assumed she was north with family. Her family has not heard from Lockyer in more than 20 years.
In July last year, one of Lockyer's daughters known only as Donna, reported her mother and baby sister missing.
"They all assumed that Veronica was staying with other family members and it wasn't unusual for Veronica to not be heard or seen for quite a period of time," Detective Senior Sergeant Adrian Richards told reporters on Thursday.
Now Western Australia police are appealing for information about the disappearance of Lockyer and her baby.
Police said Lockyer has an impaired eye covered by her hair and walks with a slight limp. It's believed she was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Adell's father at the time of her disappearance. Police confirmed they have already spoken to the man.
Police said they are "approaching this investigation with an open mind" regardless of the 20 years that's elapsed since Lockyer went missing.
The investigation is set to be challenging, with documents relating to the case likely destroyed and possible witnesses deceased.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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