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 family.

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 been identified.

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 333 000