The brother of a missing Maryborough boy hopes the airing of his story on a popular news and current affairs television show this weekend will hold the key to breaking the 43-year-old mystery.
The story of Daryl Floyd’s search for the remains of his brother Terry at an Avoca mine site will be aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
A crew from 60 Minutes has spent the past 12 months researching the case and two months filming with Mr Floyd at the disused Morning Star Mine, as well as at the site where Terry disappeared from at the corner of Sunraysia and Pyrenees highways.
Former homicide detective Ron Iddles, who has worked extensively with Mr Floyd on the case, is also part of the 60 Minutes episode.
What was most confronting for Mr Floyd during the filming process was travelling to Mildura with the 60 Minutes reporter and crew to confront Raymond Jones, the man long suspected as the person responsible for Terry's disappearance and death.
“There were a lot of mixed emotions for me, because it was the first time I had seen (Jones) face-to-face. There was a lot of anger inside me. I wanted answers from him … his reaction to us confronting him was expected,” Mr Floyd said.
Terry Floyd disappeared on June 28, 1975. In 2001, a coroner determined Terry was abducted and murdered, but his body has never been found. The Avoca mine is believed to be the final resting place for the then 12-year-old.
Mr Floyd has spent tens of thousands of dollars, has received funding from the Victorian Government and has a gofundme page set up to help fund the mine search, which began eight years ago.
In recent years, the mine search has yielded clothing fragments, including a piece of a cardigan sleeve and elastic from boy’s underwear, a leather shoe, buttons and a silver necklace, all believed to be worn by Terry the day he disappeared.
Mr Floyd now hopes the 60 Minutes program will help break the case wide open.
“This is about a 12-year-old boy who lost his life at the edge of the road,” Mr Floyd said.
“I hope people who view this show and know something about the case come forward with information. I hope this show will give people the strength to speak up and there is a major breakthrough in the case.”
A $1 million reward is being offered for information in the case.
The 60 Minutes episode will air on Sunday at 8.40pm on Channel 9.
To donate: https://www.gofundme.com/t55rw7cm
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