A body, believed to be that of missing engineer Taddeo Haigh was found yesterday afternoon near where he was last seen.
Mr Haigh — known as Ted — vanished after he went for a walk from a holiday rental in Sawmill Settlement in Merrijig on Sunday night.
The 31-year-old’s body was found on Thursday afternoon after an intensive search in dense bushland.
Mr Haigh’s parents joined the air and land search for their son after making the trip from Germany on Wednesday.
Arriving in Merrijig yesterday morning, the pair said they could not wait for news on the other side of the world.
The search was co-ordinated by Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad with the assistance of local police, the dog squad and mounted police.
Shepparton Search and Rescue and members of the District 22 Country Fire Authority were involved in the search, as well as Bush Search and Rescue, Ambulance Victoria, St John Ambulance, SES and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning.
Mr Haigh’s wife, Elizabeth, had described her husband’s disappearance as ‘‘out of character’’ and hoped he was just lost or injured.
Police said they found the body near Sawmill Settlement and although it was yet to be formally identified, they believed it was Mr Haigh. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.