Mystery surrounds identity of skeletal remains found near Byron

Mystery surrounds the identity of skeletal remains found in bushland near Byron Bay yesterday, with police revealing it could be weeks before there is an answer.

Officers made the grim discovery around 1.20pm on Wednesday, while searching for missing woman Thea Liddle who disappeared in October last year.

The bones were uncovered in bushland off Tallow Beach Road, which is near where police also conducted a search for 18-year-old backpacker Theo Hayez, who has been missing since May 31, 2019.


“It is too early to determine if the remains are male or female; they will undergo forensic examination which could take a number of weeks to complete,” NSW Police said in a statement this morning.

“It is also too early to say whether the remains are linked to the ongoing search for the missing Northern NSW woman”.

A crime scene has been established at the location an investigation has been launched, with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Missing Persons Registry.

Police are expected to update the media on the bone discovery on Thursday morning.

No further information is available at this time

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