The grief-stricken mother of a young man whose body was found in the Queensland outback has revealed the last words he said to her before he went missing.
Trent Grose, 25, was on his way from a remote cattle station in Richmond, 500km southwest of Townsville, to Toowoomba, when he went missing two weeks ago.
On Sunday afternoon, police announced that a body had been found that morning which was believed to be Mr Grose’s.
It was located 75 kilometres from where he started out and 17km from his broken-down four-wheel-drive.
The young man’s mother Karen Grose told The Townsville Bulletin that her son had been on his way to a job interview at a cattle station near Toowoomba in southeast Queensland.
“We spoke two weeks ago. It was a general talk about where he was going for work next and what he was doing,” Ms Grose told the newspaper.
She added their phone call that day finished the way all their phone calls ended – with him saying, “I love you mum”.
“Trent was a people person with a big heart – he’d do anything for anyone,” she said.
The Bulletin reported that Mr Grose’s vehicle had broken down after running out of battery when he was just 30 minutes into his journey. He had little water and was unable to contact anyone for help, the paper said.
‘The world needs love’
In a public Facebook post Mr Grose shared several months ago he spoke candidly about wanting people to be a little kinder to each other, because he was “tired” of the all the hatred in today’s world.
“I’m tired of people hating each other. I’m tired of people being cruel to each other ... I’m tired of the lack of respect people have for other human beings,” the 25-year-old wrote.
“Why is it so hard for people to be kind and love each other? Why are people so selfish? Why do people feel the need to demean and hurt others?
“That’s not who we were meant to be. It’s depressing watching a world this empty.”
He went on to say everybody wanted love but few seemed willing to give it.
“It appears ‘love’ is just a four-letter word that is all about yourself and what you want in the world today ... That’s not love. Love is selfless. Love is kind. Love is not just about yourself,” he said.
“Please, love people. Love them as they are. Destroying people, hating people, manipulating people, using people, degrading people is ugly and makes you part of this sick and unhealthy world. The world needs love from everyone.”
Originally from Broken Hill, NSW, Mr Grose had worked on stations since he was 16-years-old, his family said.
Police said Mr Grose’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
–– With AAP
Do you have a story tip? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.