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  • 27 years of age at time of her disappearance.
  • Aboriginal.
  • 157cm tall.
  • Thin build.
  • Dark brown hair
  • Brown eyes.



  • Lived in a van from August to November 1998 with her de-facto partner.
  • Began travelling from Perth to Esperance in the van with her partner when she decided to return to Perth alone.
  • Partner drove to Kalgoorlie before travelling to South Australia over the Nullarbor Plain.
  • Ms Dempster was reported missing on Tuesday 24 November 1998 by her mother.


Ms Dempster was commonly known as ‘Maggie’ to her family and friends. She was 27 years old at the time of her disappearance and lived with her partner.

On 5 August 1998, Ms Dempster‘s partner bought a white Datsun touring bus, which was similar to a camper van.  It had a pop-up roof and there was a mattress and blankets in the back. The van had a blue door on the side. Ms Dempster and her partner lived in the van.


 On Tuesday 24 November 1998, Ms Dempster was reported missing by her mother after not seeing or hearing from her since August 1998. Ms Dempster’s partner reported that they had been travelling from Perth to Esperance but that during the trip Ms Dempster left him and returned to Perth alone. He continued to travel towards Kalgoorlie and across the Nullarbor Plain and into South Australia. Ms Dempster has not been seen since.

The person or persons responsible the disappearance of Magdeleen Marguerite Dempster have not yet been identified.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Magdeleen Dempster, 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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