Reward and boost for mine shaft search

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The excavation of a disused gold mine aimed at finding the body of a Maryborough schoolboy who vanished 35 years ago has received an invaluable boost.

The state government with Victoria Police have offered to help cover most of the costs associated with the expensive exercise being undertaken in bushland near Avoca.

This was regardless of the results of the seven-week dig which is continuing.

“It is great news,” said Daryl Floyd the brother of long-lost 12- year-old Terry Floyd who went missing from somewhere on the Pyrenees Highway on June 28, 1975.

The state government with Victoria Police have also offered to put up a $100,000 reward for anyone with information which would lead to the location of the child’s body or the conviction of whoever was responsible, Mr Floyd said.

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