17 December 2007
Man pines for lost son
By Mark Buttler
A heartbroken father hopes Victorians can give him the perfect Christmas present - the return of his son and the end of years of agony.
His little boy, Lachlan John Maher who turns six next year, has been missing for the past three Christmases.
Police believe he vanished with his mother Sharyne Lee Maher.
Lachlan's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he believed his wife had ties in Victoria and may be living somewhere here.
The father - a farmer in country New South Wales - last saw Lachlan on Anzac Day, 2004.
He has bought Christmas presents for years for his boy but they sit unused in a cupboard.
"I can't put into words how hard it is. It's every minute, every day. It's absolutely horrendous," he said.
The Federal Magistrates' Court has issued orders stating Lachlan, if found, is to be returned to his father by police.
The father said there had been few clues on the whereabouts of Lachlan and his mother.
But he said she had ties in Victoria and may have been spending time here.
"She's gone completely underground. I will never, ever give up," he said.
The father is concerned Lachlan may not be getting immunisation, going to school or doing other things that could lead to him being traced.
Lachlan is described as having fair to light-brown hair, big blue eyes and fair skin.
His mother, 38, is described as having big blue eyes, bleached hair, fair skin, a slim build and prominent front teeth.
She is 165cm tall and is also known as Sharyne Lee Box, Sharyne Box Maher and Sharyne Yensch.
The Australian Federal Police have requested anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lachlan and his mother to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Lachlan when he was 2.5 years old