Karen RAE

Missing Person Karen Rae  Karen Rae hasn't contacted family or friends. 

A FACE image of a man seen in a car with Karen Rae, of Frankston North.
A FACE image of a man seen in a car with Karen Rae

Circumstances:

On 15 April 2015, Karen Rae left her home in Adib Court, Frankston North Victoria in the company of a man. She failed to return home after driving around in the Frankston area. Karen has not been sighted since this date.

She was last seen wearing a dark jumper and blue jeans.

If you have information that may assist police to locate Karen please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Hunt for missing Frankston woman Karen Rae enters fourth week

 

Police hunt for Frankston North woman, missing since mid-April

A SEARCH of a golf course is underway today as concerns deepen for missing Frankston North woman Karen Rae.

Acting Det Sgt Peter Tasiopoulos, of the Cold Case Missing Persons Squad, said police and family feared for the welfare of Ms Rae.

The 48-year-old mother has not been in contact with family, used her phone or accessed bank accounts since she went missing on April 15.

Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said Ms Rae left a Frankston North residence with a male acquaintance at about 7pm.

“We believe the intention was to visit local gaming venues in the area,” he said.

“Part of our inquiries are looking into gaming venues and to date that has been to no avail.”

Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said SES volunteers were today searching a golf course in Golf Links Rd in an attempt to find evidence.

“We are looking there for evidence whether Karen has been there,” he said.

Asked about the acquaintance Ms Rae left the Frankston North residence with, Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said: “We are treating that person as a witness.

“It’s unknown as to where they ended up. Since that time Karen has failed to return and failed to contact friends or family.

 

“We have serious concerns for her welfare ... it’s highly unusual of her (not to contact family).

“We are treating this as a serious case of a missing person.”

Asked if police were now searching for a body, Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said: “We are keeping an open mind. We can’t exclude that.”

Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said Ms Rae had children ranging from a young age to adults, but would not provide further details.

Ms Rae is described as being caucasian with a thin build, blonde hair and wearing blue denim jeans with a dark top when she left the residence.

She was last seen as a passenger in a Holden VN or VT Commodore — driven by a man — near the intersection of Frankston Dandenong Rd and Excelsior Dve, Frankston North.

*An police van has been set up at the intersection today and anyone with information is urged to drop in or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Missing persons week: Heartbreak for families left behind

 

A young video gamer from Melbourne's outer suburbs who was feared dead after vanishing almost a year ago may be alive and living off the grid as a "ghost", a rare feat in the digital age.

Jake Lyons, 21, described as altruistic and intelligent by those his disappearance has tormented most, has not been seen since leaving his family's Dandenong North home on August 25.

He has little in common with Karen Rae, a 48-year-old Frankston mother of four, except both are still missing.

Fairfax Media can reveal there have been breakthroughs in both cases, including a potential sighting of Ms Rae the day after she vanished, nearly four months ago.

These developments come on the eve of national missing persons week, as investigators move to dispel common myths, including that choosing to vanish is a crime and that you must wait 24 hours to report somebody missing.

Half of the 9245 people reported missing in Victoria last year were located within 24 hours and about 75 per cent were found within the first three days.

By the end of 2014, almost 98 per cent of those cases had been solved, leaving just 123 people whose fate remained a mystery, the bulk of whom were children and teenagers.

In December, Mr Lyons' case was handed to the cold case missing persons squad after police received specific intelligence suggesting he had met with foul play.  But that information has now been discounted.

His father's car turned up at a reserve in Springvale with the keys carefully tucked underneath and no signs of a struggle within.

"One day I'm thinking is he alive, I really don't even know if he's alive or is he just living off the streets, it changes all the time." cousin Kim Brassington said.

 

"It's heartbreaking, you're always looking for them and if I drive along the freeway I think, is he in the bushes somewhere?"

Before he vanished, Mr Lyons had spoken of wanting to join the military, of starting a new life in the outback and also of emotional struggles, scattering what would later become clues in the hands of detectives.

Detective Senior Constable Kane Taylor, from the cold case and missing persons squad, said he believes Mr Lyons chose to walk off on his life and it was possible he could be living in the outback.

But he has not ruled out the possibility Mr Lyons met with foul play later or took his own life.

Extensive sweeps of Dandenong and the reserve where the car was found, including dredging nearby catchments, have failed to locate any trace of him.

To deliberately disappear would require significant planning, stealing somebody else's identity would set off alarm bells and changing a name would leave an electronic paper trail.

"Anyone's capable of it, but it's not something you would just wake up one day and decide to do," Senior Constable Taylor said.

In Karen Rae's case, a potential witness has come forward and provided police with details to form a sketch of an unknown man possibly seen with her the day after she vanished on April 15. 

Ms Rae may have been driven to the Seaford Hotel by a male friend the night she vanished but she was not captured on any closed circuit television footage at that hotel, nor the nearby Sands, that night.  

"She had friends she would meet up with there and other associates, we're hoping that from the 15th of April somebody may have seen her," Detective Leading Senior Constable Simon Florence said. 

Investigations have centred on whether Ms Rae has fallen victim to violence or chosen to leave.

Her mother, Christina Boyle, said: "It's something that is never too far away from your thoughts. I could be going about a normal day and just one thing reminds me of Karen and I'm immediately frozen. It's not having an answer that is the hardest – has something happened to her? Did she decide to leave? Is she alone?" 

"She's my daughter. I love her. I just want to know that she's ok." 

Ms Boyle said it was difficult to explain her grandsons what had happened to their mother. 

"I regularly see her 10-year-old son and it is heartbreaking trying to explain to him what's happened," Ms Boyle said. 

"He's very sad and misses his mother. He asks to see photos and talk about what she was like when she was his age. 

Falsehoods about missing persons, including the need to wait 24 hours, are the result of American crime dramas, said Rebecca Kotz, the head of the Australian Federal Police's national missing persons centre.

"If somebody you know is not where they should be and you've got that gut feeling that there's something wrong, go to the police, don't wait 24 hours," she said.

"That first 24 hours is critical, that first 24 hours could be the difference between finding people alive and dead."

If you believe you have information on the whereabouts of Ms Rae or Mr Lyons please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

with Deborah Gough

Family’s missing person burden

August 10, 2015 

“NOT having an answer” is the hardest thing for loved ones of missing persons to bear. It’s a numbing feeling, and one which the family of missing Frankston North woman Karen Rae experience daily.

The 48-year-old has not been seen or heard from since leaving her home on Wednesday 15 April.

Mother Chris Boyle said Karen’s disappearance has had a huge effect on our family, especially her sons. “I regularly see her 10-year-old son and it is heartbreaking trying to explain to him what’s happened,” she said.

“He’s very sad and misses his mother. He asks to see photos and talk about what she was like when she was his age.

“It’s something that is never too far away from my thoughts. I could be going about a normal day and just one thing reminds me of Karen and I’m immediately frozen. It’s not having an answer that is the hardest – has something happened to her? Did she decide to leave? Is she alone?

“She’s my daughter. I love her. I just want to know that she’s ok.”

Karen was last seen with an unknown man in a vehicle. 

National Missing Persons Week last week was coordinated by Australian Federal Police through the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, along with support from state and territory police.

Of the 9245 people reported missing in Victoria last year, more than half were accounted for within 24 hours. Just over 75 per cent were accounted for within the first three days. By the end of last year, 98.7 percent of missing person’s cases had been closed.

Police are keen to “dispel the myths” surrounding missing people, such as: You don’t have to wait 24 hours to report someone as missing, it is not a crime to go missing, people don’t “choose” to go missing, a missing person’s address is not released to the person who reported them missing, and, adults can be reported as missing.

National Missing Persons Week last week aims to raise community awareness about missing persons and the impact that losing a loved one can have on their families and the wider community.