For two long years, the family of missing teen Zac Barnes have searched for any clues into the disappearance of their adored brother and son.
Now, nearly a month from the second anniversary of his disappearance, Zac’s parents Karen and Mick Gudelj are calling for a coronial inquest to “find the truth”.
The apprentice bricklayer was last seen getting out of a friend’s car near the intersection of Haussman Drive and Tripp Close in Thornton on November 13, 2016.
But Ms Gudelj said they refuse to give up and won’t stop searching for answers.
“I found out that I could, as a family member, request a coronial inquest for Zac instead of waiting for the police,” she said.
“Our goal is to get Zac’s story in front of a coronial inquest and give them our ideas about what could’ve possibly happened.
“Then they review all the information and statements of what has happened during the time frame.
“Then the coroner can make a decision on what they think. One of the things they could possibly say is they believe Zac has met foul play and that would start a different kind of police investigation.
“We are heading into two years and we are really no further in getting information about Zac.
“We are hoping to find the truth.”
Over the past two-years, the teenager’s family have combed the Thornton area in a bid to find clues into the disappearance of the 18-year-old.
Ms Gudelj said the family wanted to keep the momentum up in the investigation for Zac.
“I want an opportunity to look at a few bits of information,” Ms Gudelj said.
“I don’t think people realise as a parent that your mind never stops. I am thinking about it every day – all the time.
“We feel there is more to the story.”
Ms Gudelj’s workplace, Love Realty, is raising money for the family to be represented by a barrister in the Coroner’s Court.
The real estate agency is donating a portion of funds from every successful sold and leased property into a trust fund for the inquest.
On a specially created Facebook page for her son, Ms Gudelj praised Love Realty for their support and fundraising efforts for the inquest.
“This is going to help us raise the money we need for a barrister to give Zac a voice at a coronial inquest to get the answers we so desperately seek,” she wrote on the social media page.
“… I'm never ever giving up and he will not be forgotten.”
Ms Gudelj said she had only been working at the real estate agency for two weeks when Zac went missing in November.
For more information, visit the Official Family Page – Find Zac Barnes page on Facebook.
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