Jesse Southam-Marsh has been found dead.
Jesse Southam-Marsh has been found dead.

Jesse Southam-Marsh found dead in Tomewin

A THREE week search for Kingscliff man Jesse Southam-Marsh has ended in tragedy with the 23-year-old's body recovered by the authorities at the base of a steep cliff in dense bushland at Tomewin yesterday.

Lismore Police Rescue Squad and Tweed-Byron LAC joined forces to conduct a land search in an effort to locate the man, missing since August 17, but he was found dead under a 20m cliff drop. 

Mr Southam-Marsh's father Dallas Southam-Marsh paid tribute to his son after being notified by the police.

"I'm going to miss him terribly. I had a lot of plans to help him along with his career. He will always be my loving son and I will always pay tribute to him.

"I'm so glad that they did find him and I was not left the rest of my days wondering where he was."

Tweed-Byron LAC police will now prepare a brief for the Coroner which will include a post-mortem autopsy to be finalised in the next two weeks.  

The Coroner will determine whether or not further police investigation or a formal Coronial Inquest is required to establish the circumstances which led to Mr Southam-Marsh's death.

Mr Southam-Marsh snr said his family was desperate for answers.

"Jesse was always lively, always on the ball, he was always very much on top of his health," Mr Marsh said.

"We don't know for sure if he used any drugs of any sorts ... we're going to go right into it.

"Where he fell he was obviously not himself."

Friends of the budding artist and keen surfer who lived out of his van around the Tweed Coast, distributed over 2,000 flyers after Mr Southam-Marsh went missing from a Tomewin residence.

Jesse Southam-Marsh has been found dead in bushland at Tomewin.
Jesse Southam-Marsh has been found dead in bushland at Tomewin.

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