Christmas dread for Donny Govan's family

It’s shaping up to be a Christmas to dread for the heartbroken family of missing Linton teenager Donny Govan.

The 16 year old was last seen on September 1 by an elderly Echuca woman who cooked him breakfast, after he walked out of bushland cold and hungry that morning. 

The night before, Donny had been camping with his sister Rachael O’Keane and four friends from Ballarat at a Murray River campsite several kilometres from the woman’s home.

At 8.15pm, Donny began acting paranoid before he sprinted away from the others he was camping with, left the defined track and disappeared into thick bush land.

Since then, police and SES crews have scoured air, land and water in search for the teenager, but no trace was found.

Family have travelled hundreds of kilometres on highways and back roads throughout Victoria looking their brother. Again, no trace was found.

A Facebook group was established in an effort to track down new leads, but nothing solid was produced.

Police are out of ideas. The family is out of ideas.

Donny Govan’s disappearance remains Ballarat’s biggest mystery.

Ms O’Keane said any new information on her brother’s whereabouts would be the best Christmas present imaginable.

“Someone has to know something – we haven’t even had one confirmed sighting since that lady,” she said.

“There’s nothing that says to us he planned to run away. We don’t even know where else to look”

Katrina O’Keane, who gave birth to Donny’s niece Harmony in the days after he disappeared, said Christmas was going to be tough for the family this year.

“I didn’t even want to put the Christmas tree up,” she said.

“I’m dreading Christmas (without Donny).”

Donny’s little brother Timmy Govan also urged his brother to come home for Christmas.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Donny Govan can call triple zero immediately.

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