Tributes flow for Ellenbrook man Michael Huria

Tributes flow for Ellenbrook man Michael Huria

TRIBUTES are flowing for Ellenbrook man Michael Junior Huria, whose body was found in Walyunga National Park on Sunday, almost one week after he went missing.

The 23-year-old New Zealander was last seen about 4am on Monday, August 22, and had not been in contact with friends or family since.

His car was found on Maralla Road in Ellenbrook on Tuesday.

Tamati Huria said on Facebook his younger brother “had nothing but love to give in a cruel world and never held back on that”.

He also said “even though I know he looked up to me, it was actually me that looked up to him. We have to hold on to the good times and do him proud”.

Friend Joshua Bennett also paid tribute to Mr Huria, describing him as “the most pure and caring soul”.

“He loved you so much bro, he always talked about the bond you two shared and he knew how much you loved him too,” he said.

“I miss him so much already. He wore his heart on his sleeve and said exactly what he thought and didn’t seem to care what others thought. That’s such a brave thing to do in a world full of judgement.”

Tamati and father Mark made an appeal to the public on Saturday, where they said Mr Huria might have gone out on a “spiritual journey”.

“Michael had been in a slow decline over the last couple of weeks,” Tamati said of his brother, who had recently left his job as a builder.

“He’s a bit lost at the moment.”

Police had been focusing their search efforts in the Upper Swan area after a woman said she was worried she may have hit a pedestrian on the corner of Great Northern Highway on Monday night.

Police spokesman Adam Brouwer said there was nothing to suggest Mr Huria’s death was suspicious, but coronial and forensic officers would investigate.