Tributes flow for camper Steven Clough who was found dead after two-day search in Victorian high country

Georgina Noack
The Nightly
2 Min Read
There's sad breaking news from Victoria’s High Country as we go to air, with confirmation a missing dirt bike rider has been found dead.

The death of an avid camper, whose body was found after a desperate two-day search of Victoria’s High Country over the weekend, has been greeted by an outpouring of grief.

Tributes are flowing for father Steven Clough after he was found by a member of the public on Big River Road at Enochs Point at about 1.40pm on Sunday.

It is believed Mr Clough crashed his motorbike while out on a trail ride and died at the scene.

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Locals, friends, and fellow keen campers have shared their “deepest condolences” to his family on social media.

Friends of ‘Cluffie’ paid tribute to the 58-year-old, with many saying it was a “pleasure ... to share the trails” with him over the years.

Mr Clough had been camping at Skipworth Reserve in Kevington, about 240km northeast of Melbourne, when he disappeared about 2pm on Friday on a dirt bike ride at Mount Terrible.

The Waterways man reportedly contacted his wife, Tammy, around 1pm on Friday to tell her where he planned to ride but he failed to let her know he returned to camp, as he usually would, prompting her to raise the alarm.

Mr Clough’s daughter, Sonia, told reporters on Sunday that her father’s disappearance was extremely out of character and triggered “a lot of shock and a lot of stress”.

Around 70 police officers, specialist search and rescue crews, and support staff spent the weekend searching for Mr Clough across 30 to 40km of bike tracks.

Police are investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the crash. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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