THE community is rallying behind the family of missing Bathurst man Andrew Russell, donating to a crowdfunding campaign which will help them undertake their own search for the missing 23-year-old.
Andrew Russell was last seen alive leaving a home on Slim Street, Bathurst, about 8pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
Since his disappearance, NSW Police have issued a $750,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of his remains.
The family, with the help of a private investigator, are also undertaking their own investigations.
They launched the "Help find Andrew" Facebook page, and with the help of community tip-offs and investigations done by their private investigator George Maloukis, they now want to undertake excavation work at a specific location to try to locate Andrew's remains.
Andrew's sister Kiara White said the family were "blown away" by the support they have received.
"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated, shared a (Facebook) post or sent their thoughts, love and prayers," she said.
"We are at $1510 so far, which is beyond amazing. We are over half way to raising the $2500 (required)."
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She said the money will be used to hire a digger and excavate an area of interest to the private investigator.
"My family and I cannot begin to describe how thankful we are. Words would not do any justice. Please keep sharing. And getting the word out there.
"Words do not describe how my family and I feel. We are definitely getting closer to bringing Andrew home," she said.
She said anyone wanting to make a donation to the appeal, which features on Andrew's Facebook page, can do so at BSB: 082441 and Account: 369793100.
Ms White asked donors to put "Andrew" as the reference. Anyone with information on the case can call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000, or George Maloukis on 0400436743.
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