The disappearance and alleged murder of a Pemberton father has led to an outpouring of grief in the small South West community. Farmer John Della Franca has been charged with the murder of Tony Ditri, who has been missing since Friday. Both men are well known in the area and Pemberton residents have described Mr Ditri, 40, as a “loving and dedicated father” and “one of the nicest guys you’ll meet”. “(This) has ripped apart our small little town,” one woman said. “Rest in Peace Tony, a great person and amazing community member. Just devastating.” One of Mr Ditri’s friends descried in a social media post how it was “surreal” to be searching the bush “for a sign or clue that can point us in the direction” of the well-loved missing man. “Extremely unusual circumstances — Tony is one of the most genuine humans you will ever meet,” he said. Mr Della Franca, 64, owns a property that adjoins the rubbish tip, where Mr Ditri was last seen. The two men are believed to be known to each other and The West Australian understands police are investigating whether Mr Ditri was shot. Mr Ditri left his Guppy Street home to go to the local rubbish tip on Friday afternoon but concerns were raised when he failed to return for dinner with his wife Carri-Ann and their children. His white Isuzu truck was found in abandoned in bush the next day about 20km from town. Forensic officers and police divers joined the search for Mr Ditri’s remains on Tuesday morning. The West Australian understands the Warren River — close to where Mr Ditri’s car was found — is one of the areas of focus. It is understood Mr Della Franca’s property and the tip are also of interest. Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.