The body of former NRL player Chad Robinson has been found in northwest Sydney.
Robinson, reported missing last month, was found dead in a car in the Kenthurst on Thursday.
Police say there are no apparent suspicious circumstances but a post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
The 36-year-old father of two went missing from home in nearby Kellyville on November 26. He drove off with no shoes, phone or wallet.
“There are no words for our whole families (sic) loss and especially his two beautiful kids,” a family member wrote on a social media page devoted to the former Parramatta Eels player late on Thursday afternoon.
“Brother you were the world to all of us, I can’t imagine life without you, but you are free, fly high my beautiful brother,” the message read.
It's with a heavy heavy heart that we can confirm that Chad's body has been found this afternoon.. There are no words…
Robinson’s body was found by electricity workers in a car parked near the intersection of Marieba and Porters roads about 12.30pm.
His family had made impassioned pleas for help from the public to help in the search, setting up the social media page.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg posted his condolences on Twitter.
He said: “On behalf of all of us at the @NRL we send our condolences to the family of Chad Robinson – Hug your families & always look out for each other.”
On behalf of all of us at the @NRL we send our condolences to the family of Chad Robinson-Hug your families & always look out for each other
— Todd Greenberg (@Todd_Greenberg) December 22, 2016
Robinson’s brother Tim, who also played NRL for Manly and Cronulla, said last week that Chad’s disappearance was “completely out of character”.
“I’m lying in bed, I’m trying to get some sleep and all I’m thinking is, ‘what’s he doing right now, where is he, where did he go?’,” Tim told The Sunday Telegraph.
“[All I want is] just to talk to him, hear his voice. Just to know that … he’s still here.”
He said he started searching for Chad at around 10pm on the night he was last seen, with his sister, Monique Brennan.
“To get the phone call from my sister on Saturday night, I couldn’t get out of there quickly enough,” he added.
“We keep saying it, but it’s true – this is not anything we saw coming because it’s completely out of character.
“We continued searching early morning on the Sunday … we just want Chad home.”
The day after Chad’s disappearance, Ms Brennan posted to Facebook: “We are in need of assistance.
“Our brother Chad has gone missing since last night … He has no phone or wallet.
“If anyone comes across him or the car, could you please contact any of the family or the police.
“As you can imagine, we are very concerned for his welfare.”
Robinson played 159 matches between 2000 and 2008 for the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters.
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