Comment: Anguish for families so devastating

Comment: THERE was a time when I honestly thought that a missing loved one was better than knowing your loved one was dead.

That if they were missing that would be preferable because there would at least still be some hope that they could be found, safe and well.

Over the years I have changed my mind.

Not knowing won't change what has happened, no matter how much we wish and hope for the best possible outcome for every missing person, especially those whose stories we have come to personally know.

Of course from time to time you hear miraculous stories of loved ones who have been found after many years.

More often the conclusion is tragic, with the confirmation of the death of the loved one.

But at least the family knows where their loved one is. At least they can give that person a burial and afford to them the respect they deserve.

The families of missing people spend each day in limbo.

It must be one of the hardest things in the world for any family to cope with, torn between grim hope and utter despair.

My heart goes out to each and every family who struggle through this.

May your loved one be found.

And may you get the answers you so desperately need.

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