Police investigate location of missing mother and daughter last seen in Merredin 20 years ago

Missing mother and daughter: Veronica Philomena Lockyer and her daughter Adell Sherylee Partridge were last seen in the Merredin/Burracoppin area in late 1998. Photo: Supplied.
Missing mother and daughter: Veronica Philomena Lockyer and her daughter Adell Sherylee Partridge were last seen in the Merredin/Burracoppin area in late 1998. Photo: Supplied.

Police are asking for public assistance as part of their investigation into the whereabouts of a woman and her seven-month-old daughter who were last seen in the Wheatbelt 20 years ago.

Veronica Philomena Lockyer and her daughter Adell Sherylee Partridge were last seen in the Merredin/Burracoppin area in late 1998.

The pair were reported missing by a family member in July 2018.

A police spokesperson said Veronica led a transient lifestyle and was known to frequent women’s hostels and refuges throughout Perth, along with communities in Northern WA such as 3 mile and 12 mile.

They said unconfirmed information suggests in November/December 1998 Veronica may have caught a taxi with Adell from the Centre Point Shopping Centre in Midland to an unknown location.

Veronica has extended family throughout the Pilbara and Gascoyne areas.

Police said they have conducted inquiries throughout Western Australia and interstate, and have found no documentation or records of Veronica and Adell since late 1998.

Veronica was described as being Aboriginal, 162 cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.

She was 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.

At the time she was last seen Veronica was 33 years old and Adell was seven months old.

Currently she will be 54 years old and Adell will be 20 years of age.

Anyone who can assist in this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au