Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wreckage Offers Glimmer of Hope

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wreckage Offers Glimmer of Hope

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IT COULD be the clue that Irene Burrows has been waiting 16 months for.

The discovery of plane debris on a faraway island could help pinpoint the final resting place of her son Rodney and his wife Mary.

Rodney and Mary were among the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished en route to Beijing on March 8 last year.

Irene yesterday said the discovery on Wednesday of the debris, washed up on Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, was the first real positive for the family.

But she was reluctant to get "too excited" and admitted the find had resurrected painful memories.

"I always wanted the plane to be found so I suppose that part of my wish might be happening," she said from her Biloela home.

"It's the only thing we have had that has been anyway hopeful... but nothing is definite yet, of course.

"We've had our hopes up before and they've been dashed but this looks likely.

"We were all starting to get our lives back into some sort of normality then something like this happens and brings it all back. …

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