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Half-century-old missing person case in Shepparton

Police have launched an appeal for information after the disappearance of John Charles Jones, a Shepparton resident who was last seen in Shepparton 51 years ago.

On 10 February 1963, the 41-year old left his Newton Street residence to work as a lineman for Post Masters General.

He hasn’t been seen since.

John hasn’t had contact with his nine children or wife in the last 51 years. His disappearance is a mystery, both to his family and to local police.

John, who migrated from the United Kingdom in 1962 with his family, was reported to have spent nine months in Australia.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding John’s disappearance, to please contact them.

The police have released a photo that shows what John might have looked like when he was in his early to mid 70s. He would be 91 years old now.

The FACE image was created with the help of John’s relatives by combining physical characteristics from living relatives.

John, who was missing at the time, was described as 177cm in height, with a medium build, hazel eyes, and a Welsh accent.

Last seen in combination overalls and clean-shaven.

Janice Innocenti was John’s 15-year-old eldest child when he disappeared. She can recall vividly the day that her father never returned.

She said, “I remember walking with him along Newton Street and catching the bus back to the woollen mills.”

“Nothing was unusual, except for the small suitcase that he carried.”

“I asked about the case, and he replied that it contained a suit for dry cleaning.

“And that’s the last memory I have about my father.”

Janice, now aged 66, lives in Shepparton.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Half-century-old missing person case in Shepparton

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