William Maddison FRENCH
Crimestoppers WA -
Mr French was born in March 1973 in
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Mr French
moved to Australia with his family in 1986
and settled in Perth. He attended high
schools in Bassendean, before starting a
business course at a college in Perth. Mr
French was known to his friends and family
as Maddison. His interests included fishing,
weight lifting and horse racing.
On Thursday 11 December 1997, Mr French booked into a backpackers on Hay St,
East Perth intending to stay for one week. On Friday 12 December 1997 Mr French
changed his booking and departed the backpackers and Perth.
On Wednesday 17 December 1997, Mr French made a reverse charge telephone call to
his girlfriend from a public phone box in Carnarvon, advising his girlfriend he
was travelling around Australia with a male named “Marco”.
On this day, Mr French attended at welfare organisation in Carnarvon to obtain a
food voucher. He spoke with an officer there and was provided with a food
voucher to be spent at a local supermarket.
In March 1998, having made many enquiries into the whereabouts of their son and
having had no further contact with him, he was reported as missing by his
Inquiries revealed Mr French’s identification and bank account were used over
the following year by a man at the below locations:
A 25 year old man was arrested and charged in
relation to the fraudulent use of Mr French’s
credit card on 10 November 1998.
The person or persons responsible for Mr French’s disappearance have not yet
If you have any information about William Maddison French’s disappearance, or
his movements around Western Australia in December 1997 please contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online
report below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish
and rewards are offered.
If anyone has seen William Maddison FRENCH ,
or has information regarding this persons
whereabouts, please contact 1800 333