April 15, 2015
Year of birth:1966
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
The hunt for a missing Frankston North woman has been handed to the
Cold Case Missing Person Squad as the investigation enters its
Karen Rae,48, was last seen leaving her home on Adib Court on
Wednesday April 15 at 7pm and has not contacted her friends or
On Wednesday, police and State Emergency Services volunteers
were searching land on Golf Links Road for anything that could
explain what had happened to the mother after leaving home.
They have not ruled out foul play, or the possibility that Karen
does not want to be found, Acting Detective Sergeant Peter
Ms Rae has not accessed her bank account or used her mobile phone in
a month, which "rings alarm bells with us," he told reporters in
"If Karen is out there and is choosing to be 'missing' there is no
problem with that," Sergeant Tasiopoulos said.
"However, we need to investigate whether something more sinister has
occurred which is why we need public assistance.
"If you know anything or saw anything, we'd really like to speak to
An information caravan was established at the intersection of
Frankston-Dandenong Road and Excelsior Drive in Frankston North from
Investigators have released an image of Ms Rae in the hope that
someone may have information on her whereabouts.
She is described as Caucasian in appearance with a slim build and
long blonde hair.
Around the time she went missing, Ms Rae may have been with a man
driving a dark blue Holden Commodore.
Anyone with any information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800
333 000 or submit a confidential crime report atwww.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
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,”
“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
Asked about the acquaintance Ms Rae left the Frankston North residence
with, Acting Det Sgt Tasiopoulos said: “We are treating that person as a
“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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"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,"
"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
“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.