Mark Tromp apologises for 'hurt' caused by disappearance

The Tromp children (Newshub.)
The Tromp children (Newshub.)

The Melbourne man at the centre of a story that gripped Australia for its bizarre twists and turns has apologised for the "hurt" and "concern" caused.

Mark Tromp was found on Saturday night after separating from his wife and three adult children in strange circumstances last week.

The 51-year-old berry farmer and his family fled their home last Monday in what police have described as a state of paranoia, leaving their phones and bank cards behind.

"In recent days my family has been through a difficult period," he said.

"We will soon be reunited and together, I hope that we will begin to make sense of our ordeal and return to a normal life."

His daughter and wife are still in mental health units after they were found wandering the streets in a dazed state.

His other daughter's been charged after stealing a car to travel home.

Mark Tromp was found walking the streets, 230 kilometres away from home.

"I am conscious of the burden these events have placed upon our extended family, friends and the community resources devoted to our aid," he said.

"Without reservation, I apologise for the hurt and concern caused by these events."

Mr Tromp says his family needs time to recover and receive the right help, including mental health services.

He's requested privacy.