Police have found suspected human remains at the family home of missing Victorian man Daniel O’Keeffe, who has not been seen since July 2011.
9 News reports, police are at the scene of the home on Summerhill Terrace in Highton, a suburb of Geelong, after the remains were found beneath the home just before 2pm today.
Victoria Police have confirmed suspected adult remains have been found at the property but say the find is not yet being treated as suspicious or otherwise.
“It is with heavy hearts that the family and friends of Dan O’Keeffe, update this page to share that Dan’s remains were discovered earlier today. It appears that some media outlets have already begun to disseminate this information before our family was able to contact everyone necessary.
Our focus (both on this page and in establishing MPAN) has always been two-fold; to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities of missing people in Australia and to ask that you harness people power to help the families left behind.
We ask that you keep our family in your thoughts as we navigate this process and that our privacy be respected. For all enquiries please visit our website, for broader enquiries about what happens for families when a loved one who is missing is found deceased please contact Dr Sarah Wayland.
If this is too upsetting for anyone please consider reaching out to a friend or to Lifeline on 13 11 14.
We have united a community, which is a beautiful thing. None of this has been in vain, and that’s all thanks to you.
All our love, The O’Keeffes”
Dan had a history of anxiety and depression and was about to start a carpentry apprenticeship.
“We feel he left as an act of love, not wanting to burden us with his illness,” the family wrote on the Dan Come Home website.
In an interview with news.com.au last year, his sister Loren O’ Keeffe told of the devastation and heartache her family had endured not knowing where her brother was.
“Mum said it’s like having your guts ripped out. It’s bizarre, it’s excruciating, it’s torture. If it’s raining I think, ‘Is Dan safe? Is he under cover? Is he dry? Is he warm? Has he eaten?’ There are so many unknowns it can drive you insane.”
The Facebook page searching for answers to Mr O’Keeffe’s disappearance has more than 63,000 followers.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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