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The girlfriend of a 25-year-old missing Melbourne man has paid tribute to her “handsome boy” in a heartbreaking social media post after his body was discovered by police.
Jackson Kidd was last seen leaving his home in Mount Martha, in the city’s southeast, on the afternoon of April 12.
His body was found in Mornington on Monday — almost seven weeks after officers, friends and family began their frantic search, Victoria Police told Yahoo News Australia. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
Mr Kidd’s girlfriend, Ellie Sharp, confirmed the devastating news on Facebook this week.
“Thank you everyone for your help in locating Jackson. I just thought I’d make a small post as it seems to be going around, I’d hate for people to get the wrong information,” she said.
“He has been found, unfortunately not in the way we would’ve liked.
“Please allow us to mourn and grieve in this horrible time. We thank you all for your support.
“Fly high our handsome boy. Until we meet again.”
In following posts, Ms Sharp thanked everyone for their kind messages and called Mr Kidd her “angel forever”.
Girlfriend encourages others to seek mental health help
She also urged anyone who is struggling with their mental health to seek help.
“Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Mental health is so important. It’s not weak to speak,” she wrote, including the phone number for Lifeline (13 11 14).
Up until his death, Ms Sharp had encouraged followers to share images of her boyfriend and come forward with any information they might have regarding his disappearance.
She also pleaded with him to come home, vowing to never give up until Mr Kidd was found.
It’s understood Ms Sharp received a text message from her partner on the night of his disappearance, but all contact ceased after.
A report will be prepared for the coroner, Victoria Police confirmed.
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