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  • 36 years of age at time of disappearance.
  • Aboriginal.
  • 168cm tall.
  • Solid build.
  • Black hair.
  • Brown eyes.
  • Not known what he was last seen wearing.


  • Mr Maru had a long history of epilepsy and lived with his brother in Derby.
  • Went fishing with his family at Point Torment on Sunday 30 November 1997.
  • Seen by family walking near their camp site around 5pm Sunday 30 November 1997.


Adam Maru was born in July 1961 and lived with his brother in Derby. Mr Maru had a long history of epilepsy.


Around 2pm on Sunday 30 November 1997, Mr Maru went fishing with his brother and other family members at Point Torment, a popular remote fishing spot situated some 30km north of the Derby town site.

The area where Mr Maru and his family were fishing was approximately 250 metres of a tidal mud flat from where their vehicles had been parked. A camp was set next to the vehicles and there was a camp fire 20 metres away on the tidal mud.

About 5pm Mr Maru was seen by a family member walking back to the vehicles and has not been seen or heard of since.

That evening his sister-in-law and family members attended the Derby Police.

If you have any information about Adam Maru’s disappearance, or his movements around Point Torment, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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