Distressed parents left with no answers


THE parents of missing Myrtleford man Trenton Sacco have been left without answers about what happened to their youngest son, Wangaratta detectives say.

Trenton, 24, went missing from his parents’ home on October 17.

Detective Sen-Constable Paul Campbell said he had not accessed his bank accounts, used his mobile phone and there had been no confirmed sightings since.

His parents, who last saw him at home, are living in anguish and would not talk publicly due to their distress.

“His parents are extremely nice people and they’re very loving of their children,” Sen-Constable Campbell said.

“They’ve got a lot of anguish and worry for him.

“It’s so unexpected; they just don’t know why he’d get up and leave, he didn’t leave any notes or any indications he was going.”

Sen-Constable Campbell said Mr Sacco lived at home with his parents and was not employed in the six years since he graduated with his VCE from Marian College at Myrtleford.

He said Mr Sacco spent his days watching movies in his room and using the family computer. He said Mr Sacco did not trawl the internet nor was he into online gambling.

“He’s a very quiet, unassuming person who pretty much kept to himself; it’s out of character for him to do something like this,” Sen-Constable Campbell said.

Mr Sacco’s older brother and sister live out of Myrtleford and neither has heard from him.

Mr Sacco does not own a car and police found no evidence he used a train or bus in the days after his disappearance. He did not take any money out of his bank account in the lead-up to or on October 17.

“We’ve certainly got concerns because we don’t know how he’s surviving,” Sen-Constable Campbell said.

Mr Sacco is one of 35,000 people in Australia who are reported missing to police each year.

An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said 1600 people were listed as long-term missing, that was, missing for more than six months.

Research shows for every missing person reported, at least 12 other people are affected emotionally, physically, psychologically or financially.

“This equates to approximately 420,000 Australians — an enormous impact across our society, where the uncertainty about the whereabouts and safety of a loved one can be a traumatic experience that can last for weeks, months, and sadly, years,” the AFP spokeswoman said.

“Families and friends who are left behind endure the trauma of not knowing what has happened to their loved ones.”

- Do you know more about Trenton Sacco? Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or your local police station.