The family of a man found dead by police inside a partially burnt-out home have spoken of his ‘loyal and caring nature’. Police have not ruled out murder.
The family of a man found dead by police inside a partially burnt-out home have spoken of his ‘loyal and caring nature’. Police have not ruled out murder.

Tributes follow mysterious death of Fernando Farias

THE sister of Fernando Farias, whose death is being investigated by police, says he was a "caring and loyal man".

Mr Farias, 44, was found after a relative called police and said they had not heard from him.

Police conducted a welfare check on Mr Farias on May 6, where they found him dead inside his Cooloola Cove house, near Gympie.

Murder has not been ruled out by detectives, but his sister - who The Courier-Mail has chosen not to name - believes there are no suspicious circumstances.

A section of the house had been burnt from the inside and Mr Farias' remains had been there for a number of weeks, police suspect.

Detectives are now trying to piece together his final movements, including why he ventured to Brisbane on April 24, and why his house was set alight.

"You are right, he was a caring and loyal man," his sister told The Courier-Mail.

"He is deeply missed. At this stage we aren't convinced that there was anything sinister or that anyone else was involved in this unfortunate situation."

The mother of one of Mr Farias' former partners told The Courier-Mail she had fond memories of him.

Mr Farias was only about 20 at the time.

"He was dating my daughter and he was the sweetest man, he always called me Mum and I loved him like a son," the woman, Helen Bell, said.

"He would drive me to do my weekly shopping, and anything else I needed to do.

"I miss him so much and it breaks my heart that he is no longer with us."

Anyone who saw Mr Farias in Brisbane on or about April 24 is urged to contact police on 131 444.

Originally published as 'Deeply missed': Tributes follow mysterious death


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