Valentine man John Pirona's body found

BELMONT North man John Pirona, 45, has been found dead after his disappearance on Sunday.

Police attached to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command located Mr Pirona deceased in a car at Tomago early this morning.

The NSW Fire Brigades officer’s disappearance after leaving a letter to his wife saying he was in ‘‘too much pain’’ related to being a victim of a notorious Hunter paedophile priest precipitated an overwhelming public response.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police and Mr Pirona’s family wish to thank the media and the public for their assistance.

More to come

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