Human remains found in Byron Bay confirmed as missing NSW woman Thea Liddle

| 01.08,20. 11:44 AM |

Human remains found in Byron Bay confirmed as missing NSW woman Thea Liddle


Police have confirmed the human remains found on the NSW north coast on July 15 belong to missing woman Thea Liddle.

Ms Liddle was reported missing by family and was last seen in the Moonball area on October 31, last year.

Police are now trying to piece together the 42-year-old's unexplained death after the skeletal remains were found in dense bushland at Tallow Beach, near Byron Bay.

NSW State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said the newly formed Missing Persons Registry reviewed evidence relating to Ms Little's case and were able to provide local investigators with additional lines of inquiry.

"During a review of the initial investigation into Thea's disappearance, specialist investigators identified information relating to an area of bushland near Byron Bay where she may have been residing," Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

"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."

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said the combined efforts of local and specialist police should be commended in providing answers in this case.

"While the positive identification of these remains is a good result for Strike Force Holby detectives — it is also devastating news to Thea's family and friends," Supt Roptell said.

"While they can now lay Thea to rest, questions around the circumstances of her death remain under investigation.

"As these inquiries continue, we are urging anyone in the community who may have seen or spoken to Thea in late October or early November last year, in and around the Far North Coast, to please come forward."

Anyone with information about Thea Liddle's disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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