Dan O’Keefe’s sister speaks for the first time about the heartbreak of his loss.

Loren O’Keeffe, the sister of Daniel O’Keeffe whose body was discovered at his family’s home in March has spoken to The Project about her grief.

Daniel went missing in 2001, sparking a five-year search which ended when his father Des O’Keefe discovered his remains under the family’s Geelong home.

In an emotional interview with Carrie Bickmore, Lorren said that she feels like she has lost her “side-kick.”

“Dan was always special because he was the baby; he was the baby boy,” she said.

“He and I were a team, and then the two older sisters were a team, so I kind of feel like I’ve lost my side kick.”

“I have felt that loss for five years, but now it is a bit more real, and it’s permanent.”

Lorren admitted that she still doesn’t know exactly what her father found under the house.

“All I know is that he was cleaning out an unused storage area and he got to the end of this area, this space underneath the house, and he saw a very tight corridor that lead to a very remote area, and it was very dark,” she said.

“I respect that Dad doesn’t want to elaborate on those details. And I don’t really want to know.”
“It never should have happened like that.”

Although the family are still waiting for a report from the coroner, Lorren said that they know that Dan did decide to end his suffering that day.
She says there is relief in knowing he is not out in the cold and rain.

Lorren also told The Project that police never actually conducted an extensive search for her brother.

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  • How devastating for this family and where he was eventually found


  • Victoria Police have a lot to answer for!


  • This would have been very traumatic for his father.


  • So sad for all involved but at least they now have closure


  • Poor Dan! It’s so sad that he took his own life. I can’t even imagine how terrible for the family all these years must have been. And for the father to find him. :-(


  • I can’t imagine losing one of my brothers (or my sister) so young and so tragically. My thoughts are with his family.


  • So sorry to read that this was suicide. I think the most heartbreaking thing in this story is that Dan chose to do that at the family home. He obviously loved them very much and wanted to be bear them at that time. Its such a shame though that they had to wait 5 years before finding him. May he rest in peace, and may his family continue to find strength each day.


  • This has been a terrible tragedy for this family to endure, since he first disappeared 5 years ago. Even more tragic because he was literally right under their noses the entire time. Suicide victims just don’t realise the impact their loss has on the loved ones. Their pain ends and it just begins for those left behind


  • Poor girl. So sorry for her loss…my heart aches for all his loved ones…


  • My heart breaks for this family. I’m glad they have closure though. RIP Dan


  • Feel for this family what a hard road it has been


  • i really wish the police would take things seriously before it is too late.


  • I really feel for her and her family.


  • I’m assuming Dan was suffering from depression. So sad that he didn’t get help.


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