WA Police are hopeful a woman and her daughter missing in Western Australia for 20 years are still alive as they investigate their disappearance.
The homicide squad are searching for Veronica Philomena Lockyer and Adell Sheylee Partridge who were last seen in the Merredin/ Burracoppin area in late 1998.
The indigenous mother of six lived a transient lifestyle and was known to live in women’s hostels and refuges throughout Perth but also had an extended family throughout the Pilbara and Gascoyne areas.
She and Adell was only reported missing by one of her daughters, identified only as Donna.
Detective Senior Sergeant Adrian Richards said her family assumed her to be living with other family members and did not find it uncommon for her to not be seen or heard from for a long periods of time.
Unconfirmed information suggests Veronica may have caught a taxi with Adell from the Centre Point Shopping Centre in Midland in November or December in 1998 to an unknown location.
Police have conducted inquiries throughout WA and interstate and have not found any documentation or records about her or Adell since 1998.
Veronica is described as 162cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.
She is physically impaired on the left side of her body and often wore her hair over the left side of her face to cover her eye.
Veronica was 33 years old at the time when she was last seen and Adell was six months old. Currently she will be 54-years-old while Adell will be 20.
Police urge anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone who can assist in the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.