Mystery continues to surround the discovery of human bones stuffed into a roadside drain in country New South Wales.
A man walking his dog made the grim discovery in a culvert on Gundy Road, outside Scone in the state’s Hunter region, about 9am on Sunday.
An investigation is underway and it is believed the skeletal remains had been lying in the drain there for some time.
Forensic officers and crime scene specialists searched the scene well into Sunday night before returning early on Monday to continue in the hunt for more clues.
Officers could be seen wading through fields of knee-high grass, while others looked in the
In a statement NSW Police said it will be some time before the result of examinations on the bones are known.
‘Officers from Hunter Valley Police Department are investigating after suspected human remains were found near Gundy Road at Scone,’ a NSW Police spokesperson said.
‘The remains will undergo forensic examination to determine if they are human and to assist with identification.
‘Inquiries are ongoing.’
At this stage it is not known whether the remains belong to a male or female, or what if any injuries the person had suffered.
It is hoped the remains could be linked to several missing persons cases in the area.
The discovery coincides with Missing Person Week, with NSW Police boss Mick Fuller saying some cases being investigated date back more than 70 years.
‘To have a loved one go missing has a devastating impact on family, friends and the wider community, and while police do an outstanding job in providing support for the families, we are also committed to providing answers,’ Commissioner Fuller said.
‘The Missing Persons Registry was created to ensure the NSW Police Force consistently delivers better outcomes for the families of missing persons.
‘Since its inception last year, reviews conducted by the Missing Persons Registry have led to 57 long-term missing people being located.
‘This year alone, ninety-nine per cent of persons reported missing to police have been located within 90 days, which can be attributed to the collaborative work by frontline police and those within the Missing Persons Registry.’