LOST SON: Peter Johnson and his mother Heather. Peter went missing in 2003 from the Suttor Developmental Rd near Nebo in 2003.
LOST SON: Peter Johnson and his mother Heather. Peter went missing in 2003 from the Suttor Developmental Rd near Nebo in 2003. Contributed

Father holds on to missing son's car for 10 years

GEORGE Johnson has held on to his son Peter's car for 10 years.

The family had the green 1988 Ford ute brought from Queensland to Victoria after it was found abandoned on the Suttor Development Rd, near Lake Elphinstone, on April 17, 2003.

Since his son's disappearance, Mr Johnson has held on to the "nice utility" with the hope his son would some day arrive to reclaim it.

"I think I'll be selling it soon though," Mr Johnson said.

"I said I'd give it 10 years and sure enough it's come up so quick."

Today marks a decade since Peter is believed to have met with foul play.

In a cruel twist of fate, it is also George's birthday.

But instead of lighting candles on a birthday cake, the Johnson family and their friends will light a candle for Peter.

Mr Johnson said he was disappointed a police reward of $250,000, announced early last year, had failed to bring forth any new information.

"We had high hopes then that somebody would recall something, something small," Mr Johnson said.

"It doesn't matter how small or insignificant a thing it is ... but to the police it might mean a heck of a lot."

Mr Johnson is convinced his son learnt something that led to his death.

He recalled a phone call from Peter to a family friend during which Peter said: "I'm going to the west if I can keep away from the arsehole who's after me."

Mr Johnson has tried everything to learn what happened to his son.

He has been to psychics in Melbourne and Sydney, and members of his family have been to hypnotherapists.

But nothing concrete has been revealed, and he has continued to plea for assistance from the public.

"Come forward," he said.

"That's what we want. I think people might have inklings or may have seen something small and feel it may be of no interest to anyone, but to the police it could well be. "We're all feeling sad, naturally, and just still hopeful the offering of this reward will bring somebody forward."

Peter would have been 46 this year.



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