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Daniel O’Keefe’s sister speaks for the first time

“Dan was always special because he was the baby; he was the baby boy. I feel like I've lost my sidekick."
Daniel O'Keefe's sister speaks for the first time

Loren O’Keeffe, the sister of Daniel O’Keeffe whose body was discovered at his family’s home in March has spoken to The Project about her grief.

Daniel went missing in 2001, sparking a five-year search which ended when his father Des O’Keefe discovered his remains under the family’s Geelong home.

In an emotional interview with Carrie Bickmore, Lorren said that she feels like she has lost her “side-kick.”

“Dan was always special because he was the baby; he was the baby boy,” she said.

“He and I were a team, and then the two older sisters were a team, so I kind of feel like I’ve lost my side kick.”

Daniel and Lorren

Speaking about the discovery of Dan’s body, Lorren admitted that she still doesn’t know exactly what her father found under the house.

“All I know is that he was cleaning out an unused storage area and he got to the end of this area, this space underneath the house, and he saw a very tight corridor that lead to a very remote area, and it was very dark,” she said.

“I respect that Dad doesn’t want to elaborate on those details. And I don’t really want to know.”

Although the family are still waiting for a report from the coroner, Lorren said that they know that Dan had decided to end his suffering.

Lorren also told The Project that she wants to keep her brother’s legacy alive through work for the Missing Person’s Advocacy Network which she set up in the wake of Dan’s disappearance.

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