NSW Police has confirmed bones found last month in Byron Bay belong to Thea Liddle, who had been missing since October.
- Police discovered the remains on July 15 at a makeshift camp, after launching a fresh two-day search
- Her family has been informed of the discovery
- Police are continuing to appeal for information, particularly from anyone who may have seen her in late October or early November
The discovery came after a fresh two-day search mid-July, where remains were found at a makeshift camp in bushland near Tallow Beach.
Ms Liddle, 42, was last seen in the Mooball area in northern NSW on October 31, 2019.
She had been living in the Tweed Shire at the time of her disappearance, in what police said was a “transient lifestyle”.
Her family had reported her missing in January.
Detectives established Strike Force Holby to investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
The case was later reviewed under the new unsolved homicide framework in conjunction with the new Missing Persons Registry (MPR).
Police said her relatives had been informed and the remains would be returned to her family.
The State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said the MPR had drawn new lines of enquiry leading to the bushland area where she may been living.
“As a result, a coordinated search was conducted of the area and human remains were located, which were then analysed by forensic experts at NSW Health Pathology.
“It is this coordinated approach — both within the force and with our partner agencies — that is seeing answers provided to more families and, in many cases, far quicker than we ever have before.”
Police have said the confirmation is “devastating” news for the family.
The Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said: “While they can now lay Thea to rest, questions around the circumstances of her death remain under investigation.”
Police are urging anyone who may have seen or spoken to Ms Liddle in late October or early November around the Far North Coast to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.