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Friends pay tribute to man they suspect was found dead in bushland

“The remains are those of a man who is yet to be identified. The man’s cause of death is under investigation.”

The remains were found during a search by missing persons squad detectives “as part of a current active investigation”, the spokeswoman said.

Jarrad Lovison.

Jarrad Lovison.Credit:Victoria Police

SES volunteers from Moe arrived on the scene just after 5.30pm on Saturday to assist police with lighting and crime scene preservation, but were no longer on the scene on Sunday.

In early May, police appealed for information following the disappearance of Mr Lovison, 37, of Newborough, who was last seen after leaving his friend’s Newbororough house on a bicycle on April 15, about 30 kilometres from where the remains were found.

Mr Lovison’s family said earlier this month they “feared the worst” for their son.

He had left home without his dog, which his family said was unusual. He was in a good mood on the day he disappeared and was chopping wood which he used to sell, according to family.

Jarrad Lovison and the bicycle he used on April 15.

Jarrad Lovison and the bicycle he used on April 15.Credit:Victoria Police

On Sunday, close friends of Mr Lovison said they believed the body belonged to their friend, but police said they were not able to confirm whether that was the case.

Friend Luke Holt said on social media he was devastated at the idea his best man at his wedding and the person who introduced him to his wife may have died.

“So many people are hurting after yesterday,” he said.

“Lovo was such a massive part of our lives.

“Our kids and I’m sure others loved him for the funny, gentle giant he was. It’s impossible to meet this guy and not want to be his mate.”

Friend Adam Reddiex wrote on social media that “every memory [of Jarrad] was better than the last.”

“It’s hard knowing that those days are now past but I’ll always speak highly of you and of your values as a true mate, you were as genuine as they come.”

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