AustraliaFriends of missing schoolgirl reveal 'haunting' decision
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Friends of missing schoolgirl Bung Siriboon have revealed to A Current Affair that they are haunted by their decision to allow their 13-year-old friend to walk to school alone on the day she disappeared.
A Current Affair reporter Mimi Becker sat down with four of Bung’s closest friends for their first television interview. The emotionally-charged reunion will air tonight at 7pm.
Bung rarely walked alone to her school, Boronia Heights College, just 1.3km from her home.
But she did on that morning eight years ago when she disappeared, leaving police with no leads.
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One of Bung’s closest friends, Taylor, tells A Current Affair she struggles to overcome a decision she believes sealed Bung’s fate on that June morning of 2011.
“I remember it clear - clear as day. Walking with my brother, you know, and he asked if I wanted to and I don’t know why, but I said, ‘no’ … sorry,” an emotional Taylor said.
Another friend, Abbey, said she and her friends still struggle to cope with the fact Bung made it to 130 metres of the school gates.
“It will forever haunt us, and be a big, yeah, regret and pain in our heart,” she said.
In a series of revealing interviews with some of Bung’s closest friends and her stepdad, Fred Pattison, we learn that crucial hours had passed before Bung’s disappearance was reported to her family and police.
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Bung’s stepdad Fred Pattison tells A Current Affair that he had no idea she was missing until he received a phone call from her friend after school.
“Her friend rang … and said, ‘tell Bung that we have got football or something tomorrow’. And I said, ‘why didn’t you tell her at school’, and she said, ‘she wasn’t at school today’, so that’s when the penny dropped," he said.
“That’s when we started to panic.”
That friend details to A Current Affair the gruelling conversation that turned her childhood upside down.
“I basically told them their daughter was missing. Felt really responsible for it,” she said.
Homicide squad detective inspector Andy Stamper said some in the community know exactly what happened to Bung, and they need to come forward with that information.
“It would have been Bung’s 21st birthday last December,” Det Insp Stamper said.
“I can just imagine that not being with her to share in such an important milestone would be particularly painful for her family and friends.
“Bung’s family have been robber of the experience in seeing their teenage daughter grow into a woman.”
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