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Australian Family of Missing Girl Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon Appeal for Help

The mother and stepfather(inset) of Siriyakorn 'Bung' Siriboon are praying for clues to their girl's fate.

 

CHIANGRAI TIMESThe family of missing Boronia schoolgirl Siriyakorn ’Bung’ Siriboon are convinced she is alive and possibly in Victoria a year after she vanished while walking to school.

Her stepfather Fred Pattison, appealing for public information today, said that with no other solid developments in the baffling case, he had sought out monks and spiritual mediums and believed the 13-year-old was alive.

Mr Pattison said he did not believe his stepdaughter was in Thailand, despite Victoria Police detectives travelling to the country to investigate her disappearance.

The family of missing Boronia schoolgirl Siriyakorn ’Bung’ Siriboon are convinced she is alive and possibly in Victoria a year after she vanished while walking to school.

Siriyakorn Siriboon had three Facebook sites - some under false identities

Her stepfather Fred Pattison, appealing for public information today, said that with no other solid developments in the baffling case, he had sought out monks and spiritual mediums and believed the 13-year-old was alive.

Mr Pattison said he did not believe his stepdaughter was in Thailand, despite Victoria Police detectives travelling to the country to investigate her disappearance.

He said the family’s Buddhist beliefs were helping them cope and remain positive.

“We still believe that she’s alive. Her family is feeling it, the relatives in Thailand, we all believe that she’s still alive, that she’s not able to come home at the moment,” he said.

“We believe she’s not too far away from where we are now, in Melbourne somewhere. We’ve seen monks, and what you call mediums and things like that, and they all say … that she’s not far away from where we are. She’s not in another country, she’s not in Thailand. She’s still alive here somewhere.’’

Mr Pattison said that often when something bad happened, people had an instinct about it.

“There’s no … gut feelings. We’ve all had them when something bad happens, you have a dream … there’s none of that, so yeah, we believe she’s not even interstate somewhere. She’s around close.

“We have our beliefs and everyone believes different things in life and what life’s about.”

Mr Pattison said he was certain his stepdaughter had not run away, and broke down as he made a direct appeal for her return.

‘‘If she can see this or if somebody’s with her, send her home, it’s time now,’’ he said.

‘‘The family misses her. We love you Bung, we want you home.’’

Bung, then 13, was last seen heading to Boronia Heights College from her Elsie Street home in her school uniform about 8.30am on Thursday, June 2, 2011. She was wearing a blue-and-white striped dress, blue raincoat, blue-patterned backpack and black Dunlop Volley runners with white socks.

Bung did not arrive at school on that day and has not been seen or heard from since. Her backpack has not been found.

Detective Inspector John Potter, of the homicide squad, revealed today that police had received more than 600 calls from the public since the 13-year-old’s disappearance, however he said one person held the clue to solving the case.

Asked if he believed Bung was still alive, Detective Inspector Potter said: ‘‘We hold grave concerns for her welfare’’.

‘‘At this point we’ve still got quite a number of active lines of inquiry as a result of information we’ve received and we’re hopeful that those lines of inquiry will produce the breakthrough that we’re after,’’ he said.

Parents of missing Boronia girl Siriyakorn 'Bung' Siriboon.

‘‘We’re waiting for that one call, that one piece of information that will solve this case.’’

He said police had travelled to Bung’s birth country of Thailand and spoken to family members there, however ‘‘at this stage we’re not able to take those inquiries any further’’.

Last October, police set up Task Force Puma to investigate Bung’s disappearance, and there are now 12 detectives working full-time on the case.

Detective Inspector Potter said those officers were following up all calls made to Crime Stoppers about Bung, and were checking the alibis of all registered sex offenders in the Boronia area.

He appealed for a person who phoned police with information about the case in March this year to call back, but would not go into details about what that caller said.

‘‘They would know who they are,’’ Detective Inspector Potter said.

Police will consider offering a reward in the future for information leading to Bung’s location, he said.

Bung is described as being of Thai origin, about 154 centimetres tall, with a thin build, long dark hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information has been urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au. Police said information could be given anonymously.

Siriyakorn Siriboon Facebook Page

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