Donald Govan's family searches for clues

THE family of a Linton teenager missing for four weeks say they feel the search for him has stalled. 

Donald Govan disappeared from a River Track campsite in Echuca on September 1 and has not been heard from since.

His sister, Rachael O’Keane, said police had confirmed one reported sighting of the 16-year-old on the morning of September 2.

Ms O’Keane said police informed the family yesterday that they were now investigating a number of reported sightings across Melbourne. “The detectives have footage of the sightings most likely to be him,” she said.

“We’re just waiting to hear back from them.

“They told us not to get our hopes up.

“It’s hard not to but we have been let down that many times.”

Ms O’Keane said despite receiving national media coverage since Donald’s disappearance, the family felt no closer to finding the missing teen, who is believed to be without a mobile phone, money or identification.

“It’s getting to the stage that we don’t know what else to do.”

Ms O’Keane, who lives in Ballarat, said she would like to know her brother is safe.

Police yesterday confirmed the investigation was ongoing after local police, Search and Rescue, and SES grid searches of the Echuca campsite and Bendigo region failed to uncover any clues.

Ms O’Keane described Donald’s disappearance as “out of character”.  

She said he was excited about the impending birth of his niece, who was born the week after Donald’s disappearance.

She appealed to the community to come forward with any information.

The teenager was last seen wearing a black shirt with a “Flight Path” logo on the front, white board shorts, black runners and a spacer earring.

He is described as Caucasian, 173 centimetres tall with medium length, light-brown hair. Police urged anyone with information to call 000.

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