REMAINS found near Broken Hill are those of Bendigo man Daniel Rosewall.
David and Julie Rosewall this week received verbal confirmation that human remains discovered by stockmen on a remote cattle station in July were those of their missing son.
“We are all heavy hearted,” Mr Rosewall said yesterday.
“The whole thing is still a mystery, there is no rhyme or reason to it.”
Daniel went missing on January 27, 2010. He was 28 years old.
The car he was driving was found several days later by police – out of fuel and abandoned on a dirt road near Broken Hill, more than 700km from Bendigo.
Daniel’s mobile phone, which had a flat battery, his wallet, $50 and baseball cap were found in the car, which still had the keys in the ignition.
An intensive five-day search followed, but Daniel was not found.
Rosewall family remembers loved son, brother, uncle
Daniel Rosewall loved music.
His Facebook page shows a love of David Bowie, Pantera and Sneaky Sound System.
One of his interests was “blasting music when you’re home alone’’.
But all genres of music made him happy and his guitars were his life – so much so that his parents couldn’t put them away for months after their son disappeared.
Dan’s other love was the Collingwood football team – and he had a sound knowledge of computers.
Dan was the office computer whiz and what took him five minutes would take his mother, Julie, half a day.
But Dan would always help out, because he loved people.
That is how his heartbroken family will remember their only son, brother and a much-loved uncle.
Daniel’s father, David Rosewall, yesterday remembered a man who brought much joy to those around him.
“We are very, very sad,’’ Daniel’s father David Rosewall said yesterday.
“This is a real shame for us – he was a really nice guy, had a lot of friends and this is such a goddamn shame.
“He was well respected and never did anyone any harm."
New South Wales forensic experts have released Daniel’s remains and the family is planning to celebrate his life as soon as possible.
It is hoped a funeral service will be held within the next two weeks.