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Three teenage girls are desperately searching for their father who vanished from their lives seven years ago.

Wayne Nigel Duffy, 44, has not seen his daughters Alisha, 19, Chelsea, 13, and Stacey, 12, since his breakup with their mother in 2012. 

The girls moved from the family home in Sydney’s west to Melbourne in the aftermath of the relationship breakdown and they lost touch.

Seven years on, the girls want to be reunited with their long-lost dad but he appears to have dropped off the face of the Earth. 

‘Every since Alisha was a little girl, she’s had one wish – to find her dad,’ their elder half-sister Hayley Goddard-Brown told Daily Mail Australia.

 ‘We’ve tried everything, but his family had a falling out and haven’t talked to him in years and his friends say he just disappeared.’ 

Alisha (back) Chelsea (left)  and Stacey (right) have not seen their father since his breakup with their mother in 2012. They are desperate to find him and know he’s okay

Wayne Nigel Duffy, 44, has missed important milestones in his daughters' lives since vanishing seven years ago

Wayne Nigel Duffy, 44, has missed important milestones in his daughters’ lives since vanishing seven years ago

Ms Goddard-Brown, 25, said her half-sisters would welcome Mr Duffy back in their lives, but at least wanted to know he was safe and well. 

She said the younger girls didn’t remember much of him, but Alisha had suffered emotionally without him around. 

‘Alisha was daddy’s little girl and the best of friends. She looked up to him and adored him,’ she said. 

‘Growing up without Wayne in the picture tore her apart. She used to sing every song that mentioned the word daddy. Wayne was a huge part of her life, she’s never been the same since he left.

'Alisha was daddy's little girl and the best of friends. She looked up to him and adored him'. Alisha is pictured here with her father before he disappeared

‘Alisha was daddy’s little girl and the best of friends. She looked up to him and adored him’. Alisha is pictured here with her father before he disappeared 

 ‘I live with a lot of regret, every single day, but I’ve tried to make it easier for the girls.’ Ms Goddard-Bown said.

Mr Duffy had missed numerous milestones in the girls’ lives since he was ‘out of their lives’ due to ‘unfair circumstances’ and shouldn’t miss any more.

 ‘He didn’t get to see Alisha finish school, meet her first boyfriend, or help her learn to drive or buy her first car,’ she said. 

‘Chelsea had her first day of high school this year and is representing NSW in athletics, winning medals at a national championships last year.

 ‘Stacey suffers from tuberous sclerosis and Wolff-Parkinsons-White syndrome and had heart surgery two weeks ago. She would love to have her dad help her recover.’ 

Ms Goddard-Brown said she had followed numerous dead-end leads, called Mr Duffy’s family members and old friends, and scoured social media, but found no trace of him.

 She said he was not listed on the electoral roll, his ABN was long deactivated, and he was not in jail. 

‘We tried to report him missing but the cops laughed us out of the station saying he’s not missing, we just can’t find him,’ she said. 

Ms Goddard-Brown, 25, said her half-sisters (Chesea in dress and Stacey) would welcome Mr Duffy back in their lives, but at least wanted to know he was safe and well

Ms Goddard-Brown, 25, said her half-sisters (Chesea in dress and Stacey) would welcome Mr Duffy back in their lives, but at least wanted to know he was safe and well

Happier times: Wayne with  Stacey in his lap, Alisha and Chelsea with the ball. There have been unconfirmed sightings of him on the NSW central coast

Happier times: Wayne with  Stacey in his lap, Alisha and Chelsea with the ball. There have been unconfirmed sightings of him on the NSW central coast

‘But his family and friends haven’t heard from him in years either.’ 

Several old friends of Mr Duffy commented on Ms Goddard-Brown’s Facebook post appealing for help to say he suddenly vanished without a word years ago. 

The desperate family appealed for Mr Duffy to make contact, or for anyone who knew where he might be to come forward. ‘It’s been seven long years and not a day goes by without them thinking of you. All they have is photos and small memories of life with you around. Please let them know you’re OK,’ Ms Goddard Brown said. 

‘Someone must know something, please help them find their dad.’

 Mr Duffy grew up in Herbersham in western Sydney and may have moved to the NSW Central Coast. Possible sightings in recent years include Tuggerah Westfield, Erina on the Central coast, Doyalson Wyee RSL Club, and Wyong train station.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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