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'Devastated' Family Speak After Father-Of-Three's Body Found In Bushland

The family of a man whose body was found in bushland earlier this month say they are still coming to terms with the tragic death of the father-of-three as two teens are arrested over his death.

“Our family is devastated and still coming to terms with the fact we have lost Peter," the family wrote in a statement on Thursday.

“All that can be said is we have been deeply affected by this tragedy and we are still grieving."

“We are grateful for the overwhelming support from family and friends." Police have arrested two teenagers after discovering the body of a father in bushland on the NSW's south coast almost two weeks ago.

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Officers were called to bushland near McNee Street in Broulee after reports a body had been discovered on February 2.

The man has since been formally identified as father-of-three and Canberra resident Peter Keeley.

An examination of the 56-year-old found he'd suffered head and facial injuries.

Police confirmed to 10 daily that Keeley had been speaking to one of the teenagers using the dating app Grindr in the days before his death.

It's alleged Keeley had travelled by car from Canberra to Batemans Bay the day he was killed.

The two teenage boys are friends but are believed to have no recorded criminal history,  Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters on Thursday.

Police are investigating whether the death was a possible gay hate crime, or was related to drugs or robbery, Doherty said.

"We're unclear of the motive.. There's a number of motives that I can't talk about because the case is before the courts."

They are expected to be charged with murder and will appear in court later today.

More to come.