David Lawton, 60, at his home in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, wonders what has happened to his younger brother Robert
David Lawton, 60, at his home in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, wonders what has happened to his younger brother Robert "Bobby" Lawton. Robert, 57, was on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that has been missing for over a week. Photo: Michelle Smith

Brother of missing Malaysia flight passenger holds out hope

THE family of missing Queensland couple Bob and Cathy Lawton are continuing to hold out hope, following a week of confusion and twists in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Bob's brother David said he felt "empty" not knowing what happened to his brother and sister-in-law, but was hopeful details of what happened to the Boeing 777 would emerge soon.

Mr Lawton said the prospect of a potential hijacking was frightening.

"If they found the wreckage of the plane then that would be finalised because there's no hope. But while you've got hope, you've got worries too. Because if they're alive, are they being treated well, or what's happening?" he told Fairfax Media.

Mr Lawton said the family was being briefed daily by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. But following a week of theories and false leads in the investigation, he was now feeling sceptical of reports about what may have happened.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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