Coffee-cup quest to find the missing

Pierra WillixSound Telegraph
Emily Tann’s cousin Martyn and Steph Fielding’s brother Rigby are featured on the coffee cups.
Camera IconEmily Tann’s cousin Martyn and Steph Fielding’s brother Rigby are featured on the coffee cups. Credit: Pierra Willix

Billed as the “modern day milk cartons”, the faces and stories of eight missing Australians will be handed out at cafes across the country this week in a bid to help solve their disappearances.

The Unmissables campaign aims to raise awareness about the 38,000 Australians who go missing each year.

Rockingham man Rigby Fielding is one of the faces that features on the cups.

It has been nearly four years since he called his mother to say he was about to get on a train.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


He never made it home and his family still have no idea what happened.

A long-term missing person is someone who has been missing for more than three months, and nationally, there are more than 2600 people listed as a long term missing person.

Mr Fielding is one of those on this list - and his family are still searching for answers.

As part of National Missing Persons Week, which is held from August 5-11, cups will be handed out that illustrate the stories of eight long-term missing people.

Rigby’s sister Steph Fielding said many cold cases were solved by members of the public coming forward or new evidence being found, which she hoped the cups may help achieve.

“It’s important to keep people on the lookout,” she said.

Ms Fielding said having a loved one go missing involved “prolonged grief”, where they weren’t able to have a funeral or finalise matters.

“We still have his unit. Everything is still the same as he left it as the day he went out,” she said.

The cups will be handed out locally at Jaffleato and Hotel Clipper.

Another man who also went missing in Perth features on the cups.

Martyn Tann was 24 when he went for a walk on Mullaloo Beach in 2013.

Six years on, his cousin Emily Tann said there was still hope he might still be alive.

“No sign is a good sign and so we are staying positive,” she said.

“We hope that he might just walk back in the door one day.”

Ms Tann said The Unmissables campaign ensured missing people were kept in the public eye.

“I think this project is amazing and is the modern day version of the milk carton,” she said.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails