Tragedy as body of missing Bondi teenager, 17, is mysteriously found floating in the water at a swimming spot 40km from his home
- Finn Hocking was last seen by family members at home late on Saturday night
- A public appeal was launched to find him after welfare concerns were raised
- The body of the 17-year-old was discovered in water near a Sydney national park
The body of a missing 17-year-old has been found in water near the Royal National Park, south of Sydney.
Finn Hocking’s body was discovered on Monday, roughly 40km from where he was last seen alive.
A public appeal had been launched to find the teen after he disappeared from his home in North Bondi, in Sydney’s east.
He was last seen by family members at the O’Donnell Street residence about 11.30pm on Saturday.
News of Finn’s death has sent shockwaves through the local community, with tributes pouring in on social media.
The body of Finn Hocking (pictured) was found in water near the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, on Monday, two days after he last seen alive
Finn was reported missing on Sunday, with posters bearing his face put up around near where he was last seen in North Bondi
Finn was a keen photographer and board rider with the Bondi Board Riders club, who said they were going to miss the polite and helpful young man.
‘Finn was a big part of BBR and a member since he was able to surf,’ a Facebook post from the club said.
‘Finn has provided the club with extraordinary footage of each and every comp and presso nights over the last two to three years through his passion Hocking Images.
‘Sitting there all day, every comp, through all types of weather, taking a break only to surf his heats but it was like he never missed a beat and we were stocked for him when he had to stop, allowing him to follow a career in cabinet making this year working six days a week.’
Members of the club have been left devastated by Finn’s death.
‘He’s always been a polite, gentle, kind and helpful young man. We are all heartbroken at the moment,’ the Facebook post said.
Finn was a keen board rider with the Bondi Board Riders Club, who took to Facebook to pay tribute to the 17-year-old
‘Our thoughts and love is with the Hocking family – Nick, Jen and Polly.
‘For any members that need some support in these times please reach out to a loved one, a friend or the club. Let’s all be there for each other now more than ever.’
The club thanked those who helped in trying to locate Finn.
The close-knit community is rallying around Finn’s family following his death.
‘Heartbreaking and devastating for such a good kid and his family. My heart breaks for his family. So sorry for your loss,’ one person wrote on Facebook.
‘What a terrible, sad tragedy,’ another wrote.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Mr Hocking’s body was found in water near the Royal National Park (stock image pictured)