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Figures released under the Official Information Act show as of September 2016, some 439 Kiwis are recorded as missing.
There are 39 people missing in the Wellington region alone, compared with 22 in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.
Some of those names include Kaye Stewart, who vanished in the Rimutaka Forrest park in 2005, Mona Blades, who was last seen along the Napier-Taupo Rd in 1975 and Mary Berrington, who went missing from her Upper Hutt home last year.
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The longest missing persons case dates back to 1939.
Dave Crawford, whose son disappeared 10 years ago, said it wasn't easy knowing one of the 439 who are missing.
"You know he is not coming back, but you just don't have the physical closure side of it where you can put him to rest completely," he said.
"We knew between six to 12 months he was not coming back. He always used to keep in touch. When that didn't happened, we knew something was definitely wrong."
Head of the missing persons' unit Detective Sergeant Lisa Harrington, said in a statement police did not close a missing persons case until the person was found.
"Files are reviewed at regular intervals, regardless of how old they are. Should police receive any information in relation to the missing person, the file is then reviewed, new information assessed, and further lines of inquiry are progressed."
However, criticism has been levelled at police in the past for their handling of missing persons cases.
Ian Wills, whose mother Fiona Wills went missing from her property off the Napier-Taupo highway in December 2014, said police needed better training when it came to search and rescue.
Wills said poor decision-making and a lack of training hampered efforts to find his mother immediately after she was reported missing.
Since then, his family had campaigned for better education for police when it came to missing people.
"It has been our family's desire that other families are not left in the same predicament," he said.
The figures released by police show there are more than 50 teenagers under the age of 16 recorded as missing, compared with the 45-59 age bracket, which has over 80.
Males aged between 29-34 had the highest numbers of missing people for an age bracket.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Auckland city: 20
Bay of Plenty: 41