Sally’s Mom Has Been Missing For 10,000 Days And It Doesn’t Get Any Easier – NBCNEWS

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For the families of missing loved ones, time doesn’t heal, it adds up.

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While most people are found within a short period of time, about 2,600 have gone missing in the long run.

Marion Barter was reported missing to Byron Bay Police in October 1997 after failing to call and wishing her son a happy birthday. (Nine)

Missing Persons Week kicks off on Monday and calls for more investment in resources to help.

The Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) has worked with affected families to develop the world’s first therapeutic maps.

The “hope stories” cards help people who struggle with emotions that are not easily “managed with standard bereavement practices.”

The set of 145 tangible cards each show a feeling of someone who has experienced what it is like to live with, and survive, “the infinite not-knowing”.

Sally Leydon's mother went missing suddenly.
Sally Leydon’s mother went missing suddenly. (Nine)

MPAN CEO Loren O’Keeffe said all three categories of the cards — hard truths, coping mechanisms and hope — reflect the feelings of a community that normally feels unheard of.

“When a loved one goes missing, there is no right way to deal with it. You swing from hope to hopelessness, overwhelmed by the physical, mental and emotional burden, often feeling that no one understands what you are going through,” she said. .

“It’s okay to feel insecurity, hope, exhaustion, numbness — or even anger at your loved one for missing.

“The hope stories help to bring out real and authentic emotions and thus validate experiences in a truly meaningful way.

“By supporting loved ones with this very special set of cards, our goal is to address a complicated grief that has historically been a misunderstood area of ​​mental health for thousands of Australians.”

Last year, 53,000 people were reported missing across Australia, an average of 145 people a day.

That is an increase of more than 30 percent in the past three years.

Missing backpacker, Theo Hayez.
Missing backpacker, Theo Hayez. (Nine)
"You don't know what happened and you can't start grieving because you don't have answers," Theo's cousin, said Lisa Hayez.
“You don’t know what happened and you can’t start grieving because you don’t have answers,” said Theo’s niece, Lisa Hayez. (Nine)

“You don’t know what happened and you can’t start grieving because you don’t have answers,” said Theo’s niece, Lisa Hayez.

The 18-year-old Belgian backpacker left party bar Cheeky Monkeys in Byron Bay in May 2019 and left for the bush around 11 p.m., phone records show, but was soon without a trace.

“We have to wake up every day and live through it,” said Ms. Hayez.

It’s the same feeling for Marion Barter’s daughter, Sally Leydon.

Barter was reported missing to Byron Bay Police in October 1997 after failing to call to wish her son a happy birthday.

“We’ve been missing for over 10,000 days,” Leydon said.

“I had to do a lot of the searches and a lot of the background work myself.”

There is a $500,000 reward for information to help solve Hayez and Barter’s disappearances.

“It never leaves me, it was my mother,” Leydon said.

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