The family of missing German woman Tanja Ebert say they have not given up hope of finding her alive as her husband was buried on Friday, two weeks after he killed himself while being interviewed by police.
Michael Burdon, 41, shot himself at Oulnina Park in outback South Australia on August 16, as police searched the couple's property, eight days after his wife Tanja, 23, disappeared.
The well-liked farmer, who is suspected of killing his wife and leaving her body somewhere on the vast outback property, was buried on Friday as both families promised to make the couple's two children their priority.
Michael Burdon, pictured right, laid to rest after shooting himself as police searched his property for his missing wife Tanja Ebert, pictured
Police resumed their search of Oulnina Park on Wednesday - days before the man was laid to rest by family
Michael Burdon, 41, shot himself at Oulnina Park on August 16, eight days after his wife Tanja Ebert, 23, disappeared during an argument
Ms Ebert's family flew out from Germany and held a media conference on Friday, where their statement was read out by a translator.
'It is very hard not knowing what has happened with Tanja, we do not feel hopeless, it is our hope to find Tanja alive and well,' the family said in a statement.
The family stood with tears in their eyes as a translator read their words, first in their native German and then in English.
'We also grieve for Michael Burdon – his family are in our thoughts and our hearts. We are devastated for them.
'We knew Michael as a wonderful father, a good friend and sociable person.
'We worry about Tanja and Michael’s two young sons who are true victims of this tragedy.'
Mr Burdon's family also released a statement ahead of the grazier's burial.
'Michael's sudden and shocking death has devastated our family,' the family said.
'We loved Michael very much, and our primary focus is now the care and support of his two young boys.