FRIENDS and family of George Gerbic are struggling to comprehend how the man they knew had been killed and his butchered remains left on a roadside.
Mr Gerbic had been a prominent figure in real estate on the Sunshine Coast, actively involved in the LNP, and a former president of the Coolum Soccer Club, where his sons, Justin and Simon, are active members.
Their mother, Mr Gerbic's ex-wife, Cheryl, said they were devastated by his tragic death.
"We were close, even though we were divorced. We did a lot together," she said.
"We can't believe that a human being could do this to another human being."
A Buderim LNP member said he had assumed Mr Gerbic had stopped attending meetings because he was otherwise occupied.
"George was a regular at our meetings and then he suddenly stopped coming," he said.
"I remember thinking 'I wonder what happened to him?' but I thought he might have just moved on, as people do.
"He just disappeared."
He said Mr Gerbic and his partner were always together.
"She was also a member of the Buderim branch but she stopped attending as well.
"I just thought they had both gone on to do something else with their lives."
He described Mr Gerbic as powerful and forthright in his opinions.
"He was very opinionated about many things - a fellow who would voice his opinion strongly … very robustly."
Greg Young, of Henzells Real Estate, worked alongside Mr Gerbic when he started out in real estate with Queensland Coast Realty.
He said he last bumped into his old friend eight to 12 months ago at Mooloolaba.
"He said he was retired and enjoying life and taking it easy. He was a nice guy, a really nice guy, a really vivacious kind of person; a good agent."