Premier Daniel Andrews has been described as Terry Floyd’s angel after pledging further funds to help find the body of a Rutherglen man’s missing brother.
On Wednesday Mr Andrews held an extended phone conversation with Terry’s brother Daryl Floyd, who has been meticulously excavating a disused gold mine at Avoca in the hopes of finding the remains of the 12-year-old, who disappeared more than 40 years ago.
The premier called Mr Floyd on Wednesday and told him to concentrate on the mine search and “don’t worry about fundraising for the excavation”.
The state government will give further funding towards looking for the remains of Terry, who disappeared from the side of the road at the intersection of Sunraysia and Pyrenees highways on June 28, 1975.
It is strongly believed the young boy was murdered and his body dumped down the disused Morning Star mine at Bung Bong Hill.
A relieved Mr Floyd, who has already spent more than $100,000 on excavation costs, said the further state government funding would go a long way to solving the 42-year-old mystery.
“Daniel (Andrews) is a family man and Terry’s story has truly touched him. This latest funding means Daniel is Terry’s angel,” Mr Floyd said.
The premier praised Mr Floyd’s determination to find Terry’s remains.
“It was an honour to once again touch base with Daryl to discuss recent findings and reiterate our resolve to stand behind him in his search for his missing brother Terry,” Mr Andrews said.
“The search for Terry over many decades has touched the hearts of the Victorian community and finding him will give the Floyd family the closure and hopefully the justice they deserve.
“We want to ensure the focus remains on finding Terry and not on finding the money to do so – that’s why I promised Daryl we would continue to help fund the search to finally bring Terry home.”
The premier’s pledge follows the discovery of clothing parts, including a child’s shoe, remnants of boy’s underwear and the cuff of a cardigan, believed to be worn by Terry the day he disappeared.
Anyone with information about the disappearance and murder of Terry Floyd is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.