HUMAN remains found in Newland last Friday (June 12) have been identified as missing man Matt Bone, police have confirmed.
The tragic news brings to an end a two-year long search for the 26-year-old who went missing whilst visiting the Malvern Hills.
He had checked into a local hotel, the Stanbrook Abbey, on March 9, 2018 and was reported missing on March 11. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
Detective Insp Beth Wells said: “We are sad to report that Matt Bone was found and has now been formally identified.
“His family have been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them through this tragic time.
“This is understandably an emotional time for Matt’s family and our sympathies remain with his family and friends.”
She continued: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public who shared our appeals and helped in our search for Matt over the past two years.”
In a statement, his devastated family said: ““Thank you to all who have supported us over the past two years, with special thanks to West Mercia Police and Missing People who have always acted with compassion and kindness throughout our difficult times.
“Matt may be gone but his light shines on.”