"OH my only son, my humble son." These were the mournful words of weeping mother Mereani Vinau of Savou Village, whose only son's body was found at Nakabuta Rd along the Seaqaqa-Savusavu highway yesterday morning.
Ms Vinau said she last saw her son, Tavilata Qaranivalu, on Friday morning when he left for work.
"I just miss my son. He was a very reserved and humble man."
Ms Vinau said he was always quiet and loved by everyone in the village.
"He always tried not to upset me and I always made sure that he had whatever he asked from me. I am just going to miss him so much."
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the man's body was found at Nakabuta Rd.
"In what is believed to be a hit-and-run incident, a call was received through the 919 emergency number from a man who was driving by the Nakabuta, Seaqaqa road about two kilometres from the Savusavu junction," she said.
"The call was made between 1.30am and 2.45am. The deceased was last seen walking home after a grog party when the alleged hit-and-run incident occurred."
"Police are appealing for information that could help identify and locate the vehicle involved in the accident," she said.
"Please call 917 or your nearest community post or station if you have any information regarding this case.
The body of the deceased is at the Labasa Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination.