Mixed emo­tions for vic­tims’ fam­i­lies

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ROBYN IRON­SIDE Pic­ture: AFP

FOR rel­a­tives who have waited 16 months for news about their loved ones’ fate aboard MH370, the dis­cov­ery of pos­si­ble de­bris from the air­craft was bit­ter­sweet.

For some the air­craft flap­eron rep­re­sented hope they might soon have an­swers, and may even get to prop­erly farewell their loved ones.

For oth­ers, it was the news they did not want to hear – pre­fer­ring to cling to hope those on board MH370 are some­how still alive.

Melia Bur­rows, the youngest daugh­ter of Bris­bane cou­ple Rod­ney and Mary Bur­rows, said the news brought hope she and her sib­lings might soon know what hap­pened to their beloved par­ents.

“We are hope­ful that this dis­cov­ery is re­lated to MH370,” she said.

“But as a re­sult of the many spec­u­la­tions over the past 16 months, it’s dif­fi­cult to take any ev­i­dence se­ri­ously un­til it is con­firmed by the author­i­ties.

“We hope that MH370, our par­ents and all the other pas­sen­gers are found soon.”

The Bur­rows were trav­el­ling with their good friends Bob and Cathy Law­ton, whose daugh­ter Amanda Law­ton said she was made aware of the dis­cov­ery through peo­ple tag­ging her on so­cial media.

“Hav­ing ab­so­lutely no an­swers has been re­ally hard,’’ Ms Law­ton said.

“We don’t know how much in­for­ma­tion or fur­ther leads it will pro­vide.”

RARE CLUE: A po­lice­man and a gen­darme stand next to the piece of air­craft de­bris found on Re­union Is­land.

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