The family of an Australian couple presumed dead on the Malaysia Airlines flight says they are heartbroken and will turn to memories amid their grief.

The son of an Australian couple who were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight says memories of his parents’ love will help his family deal with the tragedy.

Jayden Burrows read a family statement in Brisbane on Tuesday after Malaysian officials announced all 239 on board flight MH370, including his parents Rod and Mary Burrows, were believed dead in the southern Indian Ocean.

Mr Burrows, accompanied by his aunty and Rod’s sister Kaylene Mann, said his family was still trying to come to terms with the “terrible tragedy”.

“We dearly love and will miss our mum and dad,” he told reporters.

“The love and compassion that they shared and their priority of putting their family first will help us get through this together.

“We’re heartbroken this stage of their life has been cut short.

“They worked hard to reap the rewards of their retirement so they could travel and spend time with friends and family.”

Mr Burrows said his family was grateful for the support they’d received since the flight went missing more than two weeks ago.

The family was appreciative of the multi-national search effort and their thoughts and prayers were with other families braving the same ordeal, he said.

“Now we ask for privacy and we request that our wish for family solitude be respected during this extremely heart wrenching time,” he said, before leaving without answering questions.

Acting Chief Superintendent Maurice Poiner introduced the family members, saying Mary had worked with Queensland Police since 1997 and was working at the police academy.

“(She) was on long-service leave at the time of this incident,” he said.

The Burrows were holidaying with their friends, Australian couple Bob and Cathy Lawton, when they boarded the ill-fated flight.

Mr Lawton’s Queensland-based brother David did not want to speak to the media.