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Missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle found dead

Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday.
Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday. Photo: ACT Policing

Police have found the body of missing man Stuart Heddle on Thursday.

The 39-year-old Chisholm father of two went missing on Saturday.

The man was located at 11.15am after an extensive search operation by the AFP and ACT State Emergency Service.

Police said at this stage there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report is currently being prepared for the Coroner.

Mr Heddle left his home on Saturday morning to go to water polo at Tuggeranong Aquatic Centre but never showed up. He was not seen or heard from since.

Police intensified their search on Monday, while Mr Heddle's family described his disappearance as "enormously out of character".


His wife, Jenny, made an emotional appeal for public to help to locate her husband on Wednesday, calling on her "soul mate" and "best friend" to make contact with police.

Meanwhile, Canberrans and friends recently co-ordinated a poster campaign to help locate Mr Heddle.

A Facebook page was created for concerned Canberrans to share information, co-ordinate search activities, and download missing person posters for distribution across the ACT region.

Mr Heddle was described by his loved ones as a family and community-orientated father who loved his wife and children.

The public servant was heavily involved with the territory's water polo community the past 18 months, including as a Tuggeranong Vikings Water Polo coach. 

Family, friends and strangers shared messages of grief and support via the Facebook page after discovering the news of Mr Heddle's death.

"Thinking of Stuart's family and friends. The arms of the entire Canberra community are around you," Jackie Bath Poyser said.

Adam Knight wrote of catching up with Stuart at a recent school reunion.

"Stuart hadn't changed in 20 years. He was still such a great guy - a big kid with a big smile and a kind heart," he said.

"Stuart achieved a great deal both personally and professionally, all with the love and full support of his family. I'm sure Stuart will be dearly missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him."

Bron Freeman said she was "thinking of you all at this very sad time".

"Jenny there is so much love and support here for you and the kids."

Emma North also paid her respects.

"I didn't know you or your family. It has been a long few days for the whole of Canberra coming together to try and find you," she said.

"You were a very well respected man and this is such a tragedy. May you rest in peace Stuart."

Belinda Sillis posted a message on behalf of Mr Heddle's immediate family.

"We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks for all your help, love and support throughout this time," she said.

"We need some time to process what has happened and to spend some time together as a family."

Mr Heddle's family has requested donations to Lifeline or Beyond Blue in lieu of flowers.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 131 114; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.