Zonta Club of Peel service set to honour missing Mandurah loved ones

Event organiser Margaret Wyatt, acting officer in charge Richard Conkling, and Zonta Club of Peel president Nicky Hooper. Photo: Claire Sadler.
Event organiser Margaret Wyatt, acting officer in charge Richard Conkling, and Zonta Club of Peel president Nicky Hooper. Photo: Claire Sadler.

For most of us we have a cemetery to go to or an urn with our loved one's ashes in to remember them by.

But for families of missing people they can go months, years or even decades without knowing where their loved one is.

Hayley Dodd, Iveta Mitchell, Sylvia Caroline Rogerson, Raylene Eaton, and Jason Edge's families are among those still waiting for closure.

These names are now etched into the Mandurah Missing Persons Memorial with Iveta Mitchell, who has been missing since 2010, being a recent addition to the shrine.

Zonta Club of Peel are giving families the chance to honour their loved ones at the annual Missing Persons Memorial service on August 6, which coincides with National Missing Persons Week.

Now running for 16 years, Zonta Club of Peel event coordinator Margaret Wyatt said she was honoured to be a part of organising the service.

"It's a great thing to have because when families have someone missing they have nowhere to go and mourn but here we can recognise that the person actually existed. They can come here to remember them," she said.

"We have the new plaque for Iveta Mitchell, which I'm thrilled to bits about because her family can now come here and mourn."

The Mandurah Missing Person's Memorial offers a place for families to remember their missing loved ones. Photo: Claire Sadler.

The Mandurah Missing Person's Memorial offers a place for families to remember their missing loved ones. Photo: Claire Sadler.

"On behalf of the Zonta Club of Peel we are very passionate about our missing persons event. This is just one small thing we can do to help. We absolutely love doing it," Zonta Club of Peel president Nicky Hooper added.

"One of our members has a missing son and every face she looks at in a male she wonders if it's her son. She's lived with that for over 30 years. You can't really envisage it but I think it must be dreadful."

This year's service comes following Hayley Dodd's killer receiving the longest manslaughter sentence ever handed down in Western Australia.

There is still no closure for the family though with her body still yet to be found.

Acting officer in charge Richard Conkling said the memorial was important in bringing awareness to long-term missing persons cases in WA such as Hayley Dodd's.

"Missing persons is always of interest to us. We never give up looking into them and we always welcome new information that may help us," he said.

"Recently the Hayley Dodd matter showed that even sometime after the event if further evidence comes to light we will always use that to try and find what's happened to people who have been missing and hopefully bring some closure to the families. If necessary we can bring someone to justice too."

The service will be held at Mandurah's Missing Persons Memorial from 10am, August 6. If you want to find out more information about the service or memorial call Margaret Wyatt on 0417 998 706.