Missing since: 
Monday, April 6, 1987
Last seen: 
Ballarat, VIC
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Year of birth: 




Ballarat Victoria resident Rodney Norman GALVIN left his home 34 years ago and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. 

Police are appealing for information from the public regarding the disappearance of Mr GALVIN who went missing on the evening of 6th of April 1987. 

On the night Mr GALVIN disappeared he left home about 6 pm and told his mother he would see her later. He left his belongings at home. 

At the time of his disappearance Mr GALVIN was 21 years old. He is described as Caucasian, 165 cm tall, solid build, hazel eyes, medium complexion,  curly fair hair and has tattoos on both arms. 

Anyone with information which may assist in locating the whereabouts of Rodney GALVIN is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 



Tip-off alerts Victoria Police to 35-year-old missing person mystery

For years, Rodney Galvin's family believed he had simply left them to start a new life.
In April 1987, the 21-year-old walked out his parents' front door on Rice Street in Ballarat. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Thinking Mr Galvin had made a choice, his family did not report him missing.
However, in 1995, police received an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public about Mr Galvin's disappearance.
The person made it clear that foul play was involved and that there were people in the community with information about what happened to him and why.

Despite a long-running investigation, Victoria Police say they have been unable to find any trace of Mr Galvin or track his movements on the night he disappeared. 

A keen sportsman, Mr Galvin was a member of several local sports clubs, including the Ballarat East Football Club, Golden Point Football Club, Miners Ice Hockey Club, Millbrook/Black Hill Cricket Club and Lucas Cricket Club.
Detective Acting Inspector Tony Combridge from the Missing Persons Squad said police believed Mr Galvin was no longer alive, but they wanted to help bring closure to his family.
"While it has been well over three decades, police still believe there will be people out there who can help us solve the mystery of what happened to Rodney," Acting Inspector Tony Combridge said.
"When he walked out the door that night, his family would never have known it would be the last time they would see him.
"Sadly, they have lived all this time without answers as to what has happened to Rodney.
"Investigators strongly believe that there are still people out there who know what happened to Rodney, why and who was responsible.
"It is our belief that he met with foul play, but we are really calling on those people with any knowledge of the matter to come forward and help us fill in the gaps."

'Someone in the Ballarat community must know something' say Missing Persons Squad

Police believe there’s people in the Ballarat community who know what happened to missing man Rodney Galvin.


Rodney disappeared in April of 1987 with an anonymous tip-off in 1995 suggesting foul play was at hand.


Speaking to Radio Ballarat Detective Taqdir Singh Deol from the Missing Persons Squad believes someone might be ready to talk.


"Sometimes circumstances may change, people may move in different circles and have new friends or partners."


"They might be more willing to speak to police about information that they may not have felt comfortable providing 35 years ago," Detective Deol said.