Damian remains a missing person to this day.
Thanks to Suzie Ratcliffe from Leave a Light On for this account -
Steavenson Falls, located 4 kilometres southeast of Marysville VIC... A picturesque location boasting one of Victoria's highest waterfalls... But this area also has a horrible secret, the last known location of 10 year old Damian McKenzie....
10 year old Damian McKenzie (from Cobden VIC), along with at least 40 other children, was taking part in a 5 day youth camp run by the Youth Australia League (YAL).
From the YAL base camp located beside the Acheron River, students would be transported by bus to various locations to participate in assorted activities.
On Wednesday 4th September 1974, Damian and a group of other students travelled to Steavenson Falls Marysville VIC, where it was intended for them to traverse a 700 metre winding track to the top of the falls to observe the surrounding areas from the lookout.
It is believed Damian travelled ahead of the group on the track, with group members losing sight of him. Adult chaperones within the group were notified of his sudden disappearance and performed an initial search of the area before they contacted police.
Although an extensive search of the area was conducted including Victoria Police personnel, members’ of the Search and Rescue Squad, Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs Search and Rescue Section, St.Johns Ambulance, Civil Defence (now known as the SES), Forestry Commission of Victoria (DWELP), Red Cross and Local Volunteers, Damian was not located.
44 years have now passed since Damian disappeared, his family still hoping for answers.
If you have any information of that fateful day, if you can help locate Damian, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000