In Australia, a missing person is defined as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and where there are fears for the safety or concern for the welfare of that person.
A long-term missing person is someone who has been missing for more than three months. In Australia there are over 2,600 people listed as a long term missing person.
Julie Beyer is one of these people.
Julie Beyer, aged 43 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in the Lavington NSW area on 9 July 2004.
At the time, Julie had been working in NSW as a legal secretary. Julie resigned, and was planning to move to Mackay, Queensland, where she had rented a house. Prior to her disappearance, she had moved some of her belongings into storage, but disappeared whilst running an errand in her car, a white Daewoo Nubria station wagon with NSW Rego number: YIT 763. No trace of Julie, or her car, have been found to this day.
One source says that she was last seen in July by her 16 year old son, packing her car at her house in Albury. However, other reports say that at the time, her son was living in Melbourne with his father.
His father called the police when Julie failed to answer her phone for two days in a row, unusual behaviour for Julie. “She just stopped answering our calls, and eventually her phone switched itself off,” Mat says. “Her bank account was never touched again. Her car was never found. She never renewed her licence.”
However, another source reports that there were various cash withdrawals from her account up until September 10. Thousands of dollars left in the account after that date indicates that there was not a third party using her account.
On the day Ms Beyer left Albury she had been discharged from hospital where she was an involuntary patient being treated for mental illness. She is reported to need medication to treat possible schizophrenia.
Another source reports that in August 2004, Julie attempted to make contact with her family, but after then, nothing more was heard from her.
A coronial inquest in Albury in 2012 concluded that sadly, Julie was likely to be dead. Deputy state coroner Mr MacMahon says it is likely Ms Beyer died while travelling to the Northern Territory to meet her other son in Katherine. Police believe that Julie may have travelled through Dubbo, Bourke , Maryborough , Gympie and Tennant Creek in the months following her disappearance.
Mat remembers his mother as a loving woman who was content in her life, and who made fabulous burritos and baked goods after shifts working as a dental nurse or, in later years, in the office of a law firm.
At the time of her disappearance Julie had a medium build, long light brown hair and blue eyes. She is 170cm tall. She may be driving a white Daewoo Nubria station wagon with NSW Rego number: YIT 763.
Anyone with information about Ellen should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
It seems likely that misfortune has occurred in this case, with mental illness probably playing a part. As always when I post about a missing car, bodies of water are discussed. I wonder if this was a mental health episode, a suicide, or a pure accident. And I wonder what Julie was doing between July and September. I can’t find any CCTV footage from banks or ATM’s where she would have been withdrawing cash, which is odd. I hope that she can be found, so that her family can be at rest.
(This is part 3 of a series of lesser-known long term missing people in Australia. Part 1 Part 2)