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No news for families of two missing Goondiwindi men

ONE day he was there, the next he was gone.

It's the situation the families of two Goondiwindi men are grappling with, as they desperately search for their missing loved ones.

The latest is 20-year-old Matthew Woods, who was last seen near the Goondiwindi Showgrounds on Monday.

Mr Woods has severe depression and his family is concerned for his physical and mental welfare.

While the search for Mr Woods begins, another Goondiwindi family holds out hope their beloved father will come home.

For Terry Lloyd's family, it's been 47 painstaking days - 47 days of hoping he will walk through the door.

Daughter Kaylah Johnson said it had very difficult and the family was trying to hang in.

Christmas was different for the family. It was Mr Lloyd's grandson's first Christmas.

"Not having him there had a big impact," Mrs Johnson told the Daily News.

"I'm actually in Western Australia but I'm due home in the first week of February - hopefully he is home then."

In the 47 days since Mr Lloyd's disappearance his family have no leads, no indication of where he is.

All they have is hope and positive thoughts that the father-of-seven is out there somewhere safe and sound.

"What more can we do without a lead?" Mrs Johnson said.

"We're trying to keep the word out there are much as possible.

"As much as it's hard to, we're still staying positive - he's got to be out there somewhere."

Mr Lloyd was last seen in Goondiwindi on November 26.

His black Toyota RAV4 was found damaged near Gwabegar, a small town about 350km south of Goondiwindi.

Despite an extensive land and air search, police found no sign of the 51-year-old.

Family say it was out of character for Mr Lloyd to just take off like he did.

FAMILY MAN: Terry Lloyd’s family miss him greatly (he’s pictured, centre, at daughter Kaylah Johnson’s wedding).
FAMILY MAN: Terry Lloyd’s family miss him greatly (he’s pictured, centre, at daughter Kaylah Johnson’s wedding). Contributed

Mrs Johnson said her dad was always there for the family.

"He's a very caring person towards anyone," she said.

"He'd just about help anyone who asks.

"Anyone who does know him, they know how much of a caring person he is."

The family have now turned to social media and posters in the hope somebody has seen Mr Lloyd, somewhere.

A Facebook page - Help us find our dad - Terry Lloyd - has almost 2000 likes.

The page is calling on people to "light the way home for Terry" by leaving their outside lights on until he returns home.

Every few days an update is posted on the page, along with cherished family photos and memories.

Mrs Johnson said the family was also focussing on getting posters to businesses.

"Someone drove from Goondiwindi to Parkes and they didn't see much about dad," she said.

MISSING: Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd (left) was reported missing on November 24, while 20-year-old Matthew Woods has been missing since Monday.
MISSING: Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd (left) was reported missing on November 24, while 20-year-old Matthew Woods has been missing since Monday. Contributed

 

"Obviously people who don't use social media don't know anything about it."

Interested businesses can get in touch with Mrs Johnson by phoning 0497 294 007 or emailing C-K_Johnson@ hotmail.com.

While the official police search for Mr Lloyd has wound down, the search for Mr Woods continues.

Mr Woods' cousin Adam Robinson posted on social media saying family members had tried to call his phone, but nobody answered.

"He has severe depression and we are worried for his physical and mental welfare," he said.

"He walked out of the Goondiwindi Hospital in the morning but has left his medication."

The 20-year-old has no belongings with him.

He is likely to be wearing dark clothing.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen either man or anyone who has any information regarding their whereabouts, to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  families, goondiwindi, men, missing




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