Coast students mourn loss of promising chef Peter Milos
PETER Milos, the 26-year-old restaurant owner whose body was found in a Morningside home on Tuesday, was a former Maroochydore State High School student.
His death has devastated former students, one of who said she had only seen him on the weekend.
The former co-owner of Toowoong restaurant Mariosarti, had talked about how he was "starting again" in the days leading up to his death, Fairfax reported.
He wrote the post on his Facebook page on May 2. "Starting again from… now!"
An earlier post made a reference to see him seeing who 'my real friends really are'', prompting friends to ask if he was okay.
News Corp reported Mr Milos led a 'double life' with links to drugs, violence and crime - claims his brother Daniel downplayed.
The report said Mr Milos' Fortitude Valley apartment was raided in February by drug squad detectives who suspected he was dealing ecstasy.
Mr Milos was thrown out by the landlord after a fight in the basement of the building, the Courier-Mail said.
Mr Milos, who was part of the Maroochydore High class of 2004, was found in a room within the garage of a Key Street home on Tuesday afternoon.
Police are treating the death as murder, but say there are no suspects despite interviewing a number of witnesses.
Details of how Mr Milos died have not been released. Police were conducting a post-mortem on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old had listed Mariosarti as a workplace on social media and wrote that he had been travelling in Europe during 2013.
Kayla Kiki Vasiliou wrote on Facebook that she was just speaking to him on Saturday.
"My heart is bleeding for him and his poor family I will never get over this! Rip Peter I love you so much.. You were the best friend a girl could ask for.''
Rachael Comacchio said she met Peter when he had finished school and he was starting out his career as a chef.
"I was in a relationship with his best friend at the time and we all lived together in Bowen hills sharing a rental unit,'' Rachael said.
"Peter worked at Jamaica Blue in Mooloolaba before working with Mario at the Mariosarti.
"I suppose you could say food was always his passion, his life and damn he was an exceptional cook. He never had time for hobbies really because work took up so much of his time, he was always working.
"When he wasn't at work though he relaxed by listening to music, he liked alot of rap, rnb and gangster kinda music.
"He would catch up with friends and do a gym session run/jog.
"He was a ladies man, girls loved him! He was a real smooth talker with the ladies and such a gentle giant who treated girls with the most utmost respect.
He was a loving family man who loved his friends aswell. He loved his mother to pieces and looked up to Mario as a fatherly figure.
"Peter rarely if ever had any enemies, he was to nice and sweet to not like, just one of those people you instantly click with.''
Emily Williams, who knew Mr Milos when he lived in Maroochydore, told Fairfax they had been good friends during their school years.
"He was just a really good friend and I'm just shocked that this has happened," Ms Williams said, adding that she hadn't spoken to Mr Milos for a few years.
"He was always very caring and there for you when you needed him.
"He had such ambitions with his cooking and being a chef."
Detectives investigating the death have called for residents and business owners near the Morningside home where he was found to come forward if they have security footage of the area.
Police were called to the Key Street home at 3.50pm on Tuesday, after Mr Milos' body was found by a female acquaintance.
Acting Inspector Anthony Geary said Mr Milos was last seen at the woman's house on Sunday morning, but police were unsure of his movements afterwards.
"We're appealing for associates of Mr Milos or people who may know him to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers and provide information that may assist with this investigation, he said.
Police told media they were particularly keen to here from former friends of Mr Milos, especially those who had seen him on the weekend.
Mr Milos had been staying at the Key Street property, but had also been living at his parents' house.
However he wouldn't comment on whether Mr Milos had known enemies or if a weapon had been used in the killing.
"It's very early days in the investigation,'' Act Insp Geary said.
A white vehicle, which was located at the Key Street home, would form part of the investigation.
A large crime scene had been established by forensic police outside the garage.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.