Search for missing Southern Downs father called off

TERRY Lloyd's family is making a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and social media comments of support that will be handed over when he returns home.

Though they don't know when that will be, Mr Lloyd's family refuses to think anything negative and hold out hope he hitched a ride with someone driving down the same dirt road on which he crashed his 4WD two weeks ago.

That's the scenario Mr Lloyd's daughter, Kaylah Johnson, has clung to and has been buoyed by stories of other missing persons who have returned home months later.

"It's hard not to think the negative way too often where there is not much leading us to him," Mrs Johnson said.

"But it's just good to know that people have come home after a couple of months.

"We've got nothing. We've been told no-one goes down that road and it's not really used.

"Maybe this was just the one time a person happened to drive past and pick him up."

Authorities called off the search which scoured the 40km radius around where Mr Lloyd's 4WD was found two weeks ago near the Pilliga forest in north-west NSW.

"The lack of any signs or clues as to his whereabouts has been a sort of comfort for the family," Mrs Johnson said.

"We kind of figure that if they haven't found anything already he must not be there."

While the search has been called off, the social media campaign to bring Mr Lloyd will continue.

"We don't really know where to go from here," Mrs Johnson said.

"We'll have to rely on social media, I guess."

She thanked all members of the search party for their help over the past two weeks.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  father missing man search southern downs

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