Tributes are flowing for "one of nature's true gentlemen", Martin Anderson, whose body was found in bushland during a massive search operation north of Inverell.
"To each and every one who has reached out to share their thoughts and prayers. To everyone who shared posts. We are truly grateful."
Heartfelt words from the Anderson family after the discovery of their much-loved husband and father Allan 'Martin' Anderson near his property at about 11am on Monday.
Hopes were high for the outcome of the extensive five-day land, air and water search in the surrounding areas on Pindari Road, Pindaroi.
But the discovery of a body shattered hearts around the region. Mr Anderson was found almost two kilometres from his house, family members confirm.
Inverell Police's Acting Inspector Ross Chilcott thanked everyone involved for their collaborative efforts.
"Thank you to all the volunteer services for their assistance, and the members of the public who also assisted in the search," he told the Times.
The Anderson family would like to thank everyone involved in the search and the amount of time and effort NSW police put into the search.
"And also thanks to the Danthonia community for their catering."
Mr Anderson's family said he'd gone for a walk with his dog Bet, a black and tan kelpie, and loved ones called police when he didn't return.
"It is with deepest sadness we regret to inform he was not found alive," a family member said.
"It looks like he has slipped and had a fall in bushland."
Bet remains missing.
"The Anderson family would like to thank everyone involved in the search and the amount of time and effort NSW police put into the search.
"The volunteers that dedicated their time to search and provide food and support... we are grateful."
Police Divers were the last edition to the search on Monday, joining New England and local police officers, Police Rescue Squad, PolAir, Police Dog Squad, SES, RFS, and Ambulance crews.
Officers and volunteers took to the bushland on foot, on trail bikes, horses, motorbikes; drones took to the air, and divers to the dams.
Checkpoints were set up on Friday and the weekend at Fernlee Station, with people donning sturdy shoes and protective gear in an effort to continue through abysmally wet and dangerous conditions.
'Marty' was described by an old school mate as "a very good man, a great friend and real gentleman to every one."
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