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Family hold out hope for Donny

The family of missing teen Donny Govan (pictured) are still holding out hope he will be found alive after he disappeared almost two years ago.

IVY WISE August 6, 2014 10:48am

Donny Govan

The family of missing teen Donny Govan (pictured) are still holding out hope he will be found alive after he disappeared almost two years ago.
The Riv spoke to Donny’s sister, Rachael O’Keane, as part of National Missing Persons Week this week.
Mr Govan was 16 when he ran off into the bush during a camping trip in Echuca in September 2012.
Ms O’Keane said although police believed her brother had drowned in the river, she and her family remained hopeful.
‘‘I don’t believe he’s in the river. If he was dead, his body would have been found,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s hard to believe that after nearly two years of changing river levels and the fishermen and the amount of people who use the river.
‘‘We hold out hope because it means he got out of the bush and he is safe.’’
However, the possibility that Donny was alive and did not want to contact his family was also hard to accept.
‘‘It hurts to think that he is out there and can’t tell us. There is no reason for him not to want to come home,’’ she said.
Ms O’Keane, who lost another brother before Donny went missing, said the past two years had been a nightmare for the Ballarat family.
‘‘When my other brother died, that hurt and it was hard, but this is worse than a death,’’ she said.
‘‘We don’t have closure, we don’t know if he’s dead or alive. It’s always there.
‘‘We can’t celebrate special occasions like Christmas without feeling guilty.’’
The message Ms O’Keane wants to share this week is to raise the awareness of missing people.
‘‘It’s such a taboo subject, but we need to talk about it, share their photos, report missing people or contact Crime Stoppers if you know of a missing person,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re desperate for anything.’’
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit
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