Forever young - Tributes flow for ‘smiling Kyle’ after tragic motorcycle crash

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POLICE officers have made a grim discovery after the body of a man missing from Inverell was found on Saturday.

SMILEY: A photo of Kyle Pullen that his father, Russell, posted to Facebook after the death of his son. Photo: Facebook

SMILEY: A photo of Kyle Pullen that his father, Russell, posted to Facebook after the death of his son. Photo: Facebook

Kyle Pullen was reported missing on Thursday after he left work at Bindaree Beef on Warialda Rd at about 3.30pm and did not arrive home and could not be contacted.

The 23-year-old was riding his Kawasaki z1000 motorcycle and was heading towards Tamworth.

Officers from the New England Local Area Command searched for the man for two days, but could not find him.

As word spread of his disappearance, family and friends took to Facebook in the hope of finding Mr Pullen.

Police were called to Old Bingara Rd about 8km north west of Bingara at 4.45pm on Saturday where they found Mr Pullen deceased.

It is believed the man was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle along the road when he lost control, left the roadway and crashed into a culvert.

Police established a crime scene and it was examined by forensic officers, with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

After the discovery, Mr Pullen’s father, Russell, and friends again took to Facebook to share the devastating news and to pay tribute to the man they called “Smiley”.

Russell Pullen wrote: “To all, we have bad news about Kyle Pullen. He has been found and it’s not good news. Thanks to all for your support and enquiries will post more later...” 

In tribute to Kyle, a keen pig hunter, his dad also posted: “All the pigs will now come out of hiding cause they know your [sic] gone...”

Friends and family posted tributes beneath a photo of the 23-year-old that his dad posted on his Facebook page.

Messages included “RIP Kyle xxxx”; “Sorry 4 your families [sic] great lose [sic] kyle was a very luvly [sic] giving person n a pleasure 2 have known he will b greatly missed...”; “I’m so sorry. My heart aches

for you... We are devastated for your loss.”; “So sorry Russell & family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. All our love at this hard time....”; “Words cannot express fly high Kyle forever young”; “I’m sorry for your loss Russell he was a top bloke and will forever be missed by all” and “RIP gorgeous boy. Spread your angel wings & fly high”.

A friend wrote on his Facebook: “Today I lost my mate you were like a brother to me I will never forget you and will always love you. REST IN PEACE.”