Human bones found in search for missing French backpacker

Human bones discovered at beaches in Port Macquarie last month belong to missing French backpacker Erwan Ferrieux, police say.

The bones were first found by spear fishermen in the water at Flynn’s Beach on Saturday 15 June, with further bones located in the water around Flat Rock, east of Nobby Head, by a spear fisherman on Monday 17 June.

The bones were retrieved and handed in to Port Macquarie Police Station.


Forensic testing has since confirmed that the bones are human and belong to the one person.

“The remains are believed to be that of 20-year-old Erwan Ferrieux, who has been missing since February 2019,” NSW Police said in a statement on Monday.

It’s understood a small bone was found in the same area on Sunday 14 July, with inquiries continuing.

“It will be subject to forensic examination, with any results being compared with missing person records,” Police said.

Mr Ferrieux and his good friend Hugo Palmer were reported missing in February.

The pair are believed to have gone for a swim at Shelley Beach before they disappeared.

A search operation involving police divers has since been conducted at Flynn’s Beach and Flat Rock, however no further items have been located.

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