Remains of Matiyas Bekuretsion, Perth teenager who went missing at Scarborough beach, recovered at Trigg
The remains of Matiyas Bekuretsion, the Perth teenager who went missing in the ocean at Scarborough on Monday, have been recovered at Trigg beach.
Matiyas, 16, went for a swim with three friends on Monday night but never made it out of the water after they all got into difficulty in the rough ocean.
A massive search involving multiple agencies was launched to locate his body.
On Friday, police said a member of the public had found human remains at a beach in Trigg on Wednesday morning.
“A subsequent forensic examination of those remains has confirmed they are the remains of the missing 16-year-old boy,” police said in a statement.
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Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.
It’s understood DNA testing had to be carried out on the remains to confirm it was Matiyas.
The 16-year-old has since been hailed a hero for saving one of his cousins — who was also in the water that evening — from drowning.
Earlier this week heartbreaking new details emerged revealing one of the people with whom Matiyas went for a swim on Monday night — a 19-year-old cousin — was actually saved by him from going missing also.
His family told 7NEWS that he was swept away after he lifted his 19-year-old cousin out of the water to safety.
“Matiyas was a hero and his last breath was him fighting to save somebody else,” his cousin Nahom told 7NEWS earlier this week.
“It was honourable, (he was) protecting his family.”
Another family member described the teenager as a beautiful and decent boy.
“He gave himself to his family,” she said.
The teenager came to Perth two years ago to live with his relatives, who say he fell in love with his new home.
Matiyas was part of a tight-knit Ethiopian community and made many friends at the Eternity Shebah church.
Dozens of his loved ones spent hours on the beach in the days after he went missing supporting each other and praying for any sign of him as police frantically searched the area.
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