The family of a woman who disappeared in a storm decades ago when she was a just a teenager are convinced she is still alive.
Trevor McGowan, 67, has never given up hope after his sister, Glenyce Rae McGowan, vanished in 1975 at the age of 19.
She was last seen at a Western Australian campsite while in the midst of a 1,500km road trip – while her disappearance has been an enduring mystery Down Under.
Brother Trevor hopes to track down his sister amid concerns local authorities may soon shut the cold case into her disappearance for good.
He is convinced that his sister did not simply disappear, and instead believes she assumed a new identity and moved away from home in search of a new life.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Trevor explained why he thinks his sister took off 46-years-ago.
Reflecting on one of their final conversations before her disappearance, Trevor claims Glenyce said something to him that left him “90 per cent” convinced she is still alive.
He commented: “She said she'd like to be become anonymous, change her name and to disappear.
“'That’s why when she disappeared I didn’t stress about it in the same way my parents did, that was in my mind.
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“I’ve never seen any evidence that she has come to any harm. I've always assumed she's out there somewhere.”
Trevor says his theory is supported by the fact she left him her car before she disappeared.
He said: “She gave away her Torana to me before she left, and I had transport to and from work. I didn’t need it. You would think she'd leave it at home.
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“I’d say I was 90 per cent confident she hasn’t been killed, it just just doesn't add up otherwise.”
The Western Australia Coroner has scheduled an inquest into the death of Glenyce on May 11 this year – prompting her brother to speak out in the hope of tracking her down before the case around her disappearance is closed.
Glenyce had been camping near a family she had met in December 1975, but the morning after a cyclone, the teenage woman was nowhere to be seen and her belongings were gone.
Trevor admits he has never had any hints or indication of where his sister could have disappeared to if she truly had assumed a new identity and moved somewhere else.
However he has continued to hold a hope that she will show up one day “sooner or later”.
He hopes to be able to introduce her to his own family if she does return.
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