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Megan Gale farewells brother Jason at Perth funeral after he went missing for a week

Australian model Megan Gale has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her brother at his funeral, four weeks after he was found dead in bushland. 

The 45-year-old flew from Melbourne to Perth and travelled to Fremantle Cemetery on Wednesday for Jason Gale’s cremation service.

A devastated Ms Gale was spotted wearing a black coat and large sunglasses as she stepped into a limousine after the service. 

Her fiancé, former AFL star Shaun Hampson, son River, five, and daughter Rosie, two, were among more than 200 people to attend the funeral, The West Australian reported. 

There are no attendance restrictions on funerals in Western Australia, provided mourners maintain social distancing by keeping two metres apart.    

Her brother, 49, was last seen on July 14 buying petrol and water at the Popanyinning General Store, 160km south-east from his Perth home. 

Following a desperate week-long search by family, friends and police, Mr Gale was found dead next to his car. 

The death was not considered suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner. 

Mr Gale’s famous sister thanked everyone who had assisted during the search.

‘They (the Gale family) thank everyone for their support especially Jason’s neighbours, close friends and work colleagues who have been assisting,’ manager Lara Messenger said.  

Mr Gale, an industrial mechanic, was known for ‘going bush’ but friend Belinda Murray said he had never disappeared before. 

Ms Murray said Mr Gale ‘really struggled’ after a watching a man die in a tragic 2018 incident at a wastewater plant south of Perth.

Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Gale was one of a group colleagues who were there with the victim when he was struck and killed by a pipe.

Ms Murray described Mr Gale as ‘a gentle soul’ and he was a ‘very skilled, very clever’ mechanical maintenance worker.

Ms Gale grew up in Perth with her two older brothers and parents, but now lives in Melbourne. 

The 45-year-old model has featured in a string of high profile fashion magazines including Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan and GQ.

Her career started at the ripe age of 18 after winning a modelling competition in her hometown.

In 1999, she featured in a series of ads for Italian telecommunications company Omnitel – leading to her European success.

She has starred as a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model along with hosting Project Runway Australia.

Ms Gale has also played roles in Australian movies such as I Love You Too, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Water Diviner featuring Russell Crowe. 

She had previously dated Andy Lee, most known for his radio show with Hamish Blake, Hamish and Andy.

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