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“I love you, Mum”: Mother’s final words from son before tragedy struck

“I love you, Mum”: Mother’s final words from son before tragedy struck

A mother has faced heartache after her son, aged 25, was found dead in the Outback after he’d said “I love you” for the last time.

Trent Grose, from Broken Hill in rural New South Wales, was found dead under a tree near Maxwelton in far North Queensland on Sunday. 

A search launched for Mr Grose two weeks ago when his four-wheel-drive was found broken down near a remote property - just a heartbreaking 17km from where he was found a few weeks later deceased. 

The 25-year-old told his mother Karen he was driving from Richmond, southwest of Townsville, to Toowoomba, near Brisbane for a job interview at a cattle station.

His car battery ran flat and he had little water and no way of getting into contact with anyone for help. 

Miss Grose said she spoke to her son before he started the 16-hour journey in search of work. 

She told the Townsville Bulletin that the last words she ever heard from her boy were “I love you mum.”

“We spoke two weeks ago. It was a general talk about where he was going for work next and what he was doing. We always ended with 'I love you mum',” Ms Grose said.

“Trent was a people person with a big heart - he'd do anything for anyone.

“(He was) an all round top bloke who was loved by all that knew him.”

Police are not treating Mr. Grose’s death as suspicious.