Human remains found in NSW bushland

Dominica SandaAAP
Human remains have been found in bushland near Byron Bay where a crime scene has been established.
Camera IconHuman remains have been found in bushland near Byron Bay where a crime scene has been established.

Forensic officers are examining skeletal human remains which were discovered in northern NSW bushland in the search for Thea Liddle.

NSW Police found the remains in bushland off Tallow Beach Read in Byron Bay on Wednesday, but say it is too early to determine their gender or whether they belong to Ms Liddle.

Homicide officers and forensic specialists are examining the area and a crime scene has been established, NSW Police said in a statement on Thursday.

The remains are being examined but the results could take several weeks, police added.

Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen in May said Ms Liddle - last seen on October 31 - lived a "nomadic and alternative" lifestyle and was known to frequent the Mooball, Nimbin and Byron Bay areas.

He said it was "highly unusual" for the 42-year-old not to contact her parents, especially over Christmas when she made no contact whatsoever.

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