Nazrawi  Sampson WOLDEMICHAEL

Missing Person - Nazrawi Woldemichael  Nazrawi Samson Woldemichael, 19, has not been seen since leaving his North Hobart unit on Sunday, October 16. Picture: SUPPLIED

Missing since: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Last seen: 
North Hobart TAS
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Nazrawi Sampson Woldemichael, then aged 20, was last seen exiting his apartment in North Hobart, Tasmania at around 5pm on the 9th of October 2016. There have been no confirmed sightings of him since this time.

Despite intensive searching and ongoing enquiries, Nazrawi has not been located. He is described as about 170cm tall, of thin build, with curly short black hair.

Anyone with information which may assist police to locate Naz is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police say they just want to know if missing Hobart man Nazrawi Samson Woldemichael is OK

POLICE have appealed for public help to find a North Hobart man who has been missing for more than a week.

The Mercury October 18, 2016

POLICE have appealed for public help to find a North Hobart man who has been missing for more than a week.

Officers today urged anyone who knew the whereabouts of Nazrawi Samson Woldemichael to assure him he was not in any trouble with police but they were concerned for his welfare.

The 19-year-old — described as about 170cm tall and of thin build with curly black hair — was last seen leaving his unit at Trinity House in North Hobart on Sunday, October 9.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, with anonymity guaranteed, or the Hobart Police Station on 6230 2111.

Distraught family pleads for news of missing son Nazrawi “Naz” Samson Woldemichael

The devastated family of Nazrawi “Naz” Samson Woldemichael has made a heartfelt plea for the Hobart man’s safe return.

The 19-year-old hasn’t been seen since leaving his unit at Trinity House at North Hobart on October 9 about 8am.

Police believe he may think he is in trouble because of the attention his disappearance has caused but stress he has nothing to fear.

His mother Hirut begged anyone with information to come forward.

“I am worried that something happened to you, please come home, you are not in trouble,” she said through tears.

“If anyone saw him or anyone knows anything, if you just tell me he is alive — I don’t want to lose my son.”

His family last spoke to him on September 22 but said there was nothing unusual about his mood. Mr Woldemichael suffered serious injuries in a road crash in 2014, which his mother thinks may be affecting him.

Police have few leads on what might have happened to the University of Tasmania arts student.

“At this stage we have such little information on Naz and the days leading up this disappearance, so we’re just really trying to have any friends or family that may know or may have seen him to come forward,” Sergeant Louise O’Connor said.

She said he was in “no trouble at all” and they were just seeking confirmation he was “alive and well”.

Police confirmed his bank and social media accounts had not been active since his disappearance.

Mr Woldemichael is about 170cm tall, and thin, with curly short black hair. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Hobart Police Station on 6230 2111.

Missing Hobart teen left unit empty


Police say the last confirmed sighting of missing teenager Nazrawi Woldemicheal was outside his North Hobart unit when he dumped bedding in a rubbish bin.

A Hobart teen missing for more than three week was last seen dumping his bedding in a rubbish bin and left his unit completely empty.

Police say CCTV footage of Nazrawi Woldemicheal on October 9 shows the 19-year-old dumping his bedding outside his North Hobart unit.

"His unit at the time was left completely empty - he left the keys and everything inside," Sergeant Sarah Crabtree said on Wednesday.

Mr Woldemicheal's worried mother has not heard from him since September 22.

Unusual movements in Mr Woldemicheal's bank account before his disappearance has also unsettled his family.

"Four or five weeks prior to disappearing he was withdrawing most of his money the same day he was getting it," Darron Lehmann, Mr Woldemicheal's stepfather told reporters.

It was unusual because he would normally use his bank card for purchases, Mr Lehmann added.

Police say Mr Woldemicheal has history of mental illness and they do not believe he has left the state or died.

There have also been several unconfirmed sightings of the teenager in North Hobart and the CBD area.

"We've still got people coming to us saying that they have some theories about where he is," Serg Crabtree said.

His mother Hirut is struggling without her son, and has begged him to come home or just to make contact.

"I don't think our life would be the same without him," she said.

"He's my baby."


The Unmissables: Bringing back the human stories of missed loved ones


A Hobart family is using art to show the real people behind missing person statistics through the national project The Unmissables.

Nazrawi (Naz) Samson Woldemichael is a talented artist, the youngest of his family, and a shy and passionate young man.

He has not been seen since October 9.

His mother, Hirut Woldemichael Seboka, said not knowing his whereabouts was a horror she had to face every day.

"I have a constant pain or heaviness on my chest that I can't explain.

"I don't know how I can express it. I'm just waiting."

Every year 38,000 Australians go missing and research by the Federal Government shows that one in 12 people are directly impacted.

The Unmissables is a project run by the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) which works with families to create artworks that show the human faces behind the statistics.

Families are connected with a writer and an artist to create a piece about the missing person to show them as a human being.

Using art to introduce the real Naz

Ms Seboka's lounge room is dominated by two large canvases painted by Naz.

She has boxes of his artworks that she examines to try to find answers to why he appears to have walked away from his life.

"It's a constant pain for me knowing that he might be out there and he might be confused," she said.

Naz was hit by a car in 2014, leaving him with a brain injury that almost took away his ability to paint.

He suffered a couple of psychotic episodes after the brain injury and had been taking medication while living at home but stopped after he moved out.


MPAN put Ms Seboka in contact with author Rajith Savanadasa, who spoke to her on the phone and wrote a poem about Naz to express who he is as a person.

Artist Minky Stapleton then created an artwork based on the poem.

"The artwork that she did; it's exactly representing his work. When I saw the sample, I said 'This is it, I can see Naz'," Ms Seboka said.

She said she hoped the artwork would introduce Naz to the community not as a missing person, but as a young man, a son — as a person.

"This is a different way to reach people, to feel sympathy, to open up their eyes to see him wherever he is or to tell us if they know anything."

Speaking the same language of pain

MPAN also helps families with missing loved ones connect with each other for support.

Romany Brodribb got involved with MPAN after her brother Rye Hunt went missing while on holiday in Brazil last year.

Mr Hunt's body was found a few weeks after he disappeared.

"The first time I met Romany ... she was telling me what she goes through and I felt, 'OK, I might get better, because she passed it'," Ms Seboka said.

"It's like talking the same language.

"Even though their time [of having a missing person] is shorter, it's not like six months and 17 days of horror, but they have that understanding of the unknown, the confusion and especially the pain."

Ms Brodribb said her family donated part of the money they raised through a crowdfunding campaign to MPAN as a way to help others going through what they did.

"It's been a really unimaginable journey," she told Melanie Tait on ABC Radio Hobart.

"[MPAN is] really invaluable because when everything goes awry, you need someone to go, 'Hey, OK, it's alright, here are some guides and plans for you'."

If you have a wall or space to display the artwork for Naz, you can contact The Unmissables online.