After 11 weeks of waiting anxiously, wondering what fate their son had endured, Gary and Jo-Ann Pearce finally feel like they've had closure.
The funeral for Gary Pearce Jnr, 21, was held last Thursday and on Saturday his family and friends united for his final adventure - a "cruise convoy" from Wollongong Harbour to Kiama as his send-off to a better place.
"All the stories we were getting - he was getting tortured ... he's done this, he's done that - this was every day," Mr Pearce said. "When we found the car ... it was three weeks to identify him. Don't you think we've been through enough?"
The Albion Park man went missing on April 24 and his parents pleaded for anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward. Police found his body in a burnt out car on June 9, which had crashed near Crookwell.
After the funeral, good mate Justin Wall organised a convoy of friends and family in cars, trucks and bikes for the weekend.
"It's still devastating, but also a lot of relief since [the funeral]," Mr Pearce senior said.
"So we're taking him for one last ride with all his mates, and these are his true mates," Mrs Pearce added, referring to the dozens of people who had turned out in support.
Many wore cowboys hats and flannelette shirts in honour of the country-loving soul, as well as purple ribbons - his favourite colour.
Mr Wall had known the 21-year-old for as long as he could remember.
"I was there to pick him up when he fell down, and I tried to keep him on the rails - that's how our bond was," he said, noting the favour was often returned.
"He'd lend a hand any time, he'd either annoy you or he'd actually lend a hand. It's very hard to put it into words - it's still very surreal that he's gone."