Van may hold answers to Terry Floyd disappearance

PIECE OF THE PUZZLE: The Floyd family want to track down this panel van, above, in the hope it might reveal answers about the disappearance of Terry Floyd.
PIECE OF THE PUZZLE: The Floyd family want to track down this panel van, above, in the hope it might reveal answers about the disappearance of Terry Floyd.

THE family of a missing Maryborough boy hope this panel van, pictured right, could lead them to answers about their brother’s disappearance.

This week will mark 37 years since Terry Floyd, 12, disappeared from the side of a road at Avoca.

Police received a copy of this photograph after the Bendigo Advertiser in February published a special investigation into Terry’s disappearance.

Terry’s brother Daryl, who has spent years and his savings searching for his brother’s remains, hoped someone might know the whereabouts of the panel van.

“The panel van was traded in at Braybrook Car Sales in September, 1979,” Mr Floyd said.

“It was a fawn colour but was painted orange about two to three months after Terry disappeared.

“I hope that someone might have it in their backyard or might know where it is.

“If it’s the vehicle Terry was taken in, it might have DNA in it.”

The car police are searching for had the registration KGR 983.

Terry had played football in Maryborough before visiting a friend at Avoca on June 28, 1975.

His last confirmed sighting was on the corner of the Pyrenees and Sunraysia highways that afternoon.

Coroner Francis Hender found in 2001 that Terry had died from unknown causes at an unknown place and an unknown time.

In statements to police, two witnesses described a boy matching Terry’s description standing near a fawn-coloured panel van at the time he disappeared.

Mr Floyd believes Terry’s remains were dumped down the Morning Star Mine at Bung Bong Hill.

Mr Floyd said he had temporarily stopped the excavation of the mine shaft.

He said a geologist would inspect the mine during the weekend and help miners determine where to dig next. Mr Floyd has vowed to continue his campaign until he finds answers.

“People get 25 years for murder,” he said. “It has been a life sentence for our family.”

Anyone with information on the panel van can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the homicide squad on 9865 2385.