Forensic examination of skeletal remains could take 'weeks'
UPDATE, 10.45am: POLICE will address the media today after skeletal remains were located in bushland near Byron Bay yesterday.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District - with the assistance of Northern Region Operational Support Group officers, the Public Order and Riot Squad, the Police Dog Unit and Police Rescue - were conducting an ongoing operation in relation to a missing woman from Northern NSW.
Officers located the skeletal remains in bushland off Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay, about 1.20pm yesterday.
A crime scene has been established and an investigation has been launched, with the assistance of the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad and Missing Persons Registry.
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.
It is also too early to say whether the remains are linked to the ongoing search for the missing Northern NSW woman.
No further information is available at this time.
Original story: POLICE have established a crime scene after skeletal remains were found in bushland in Byron Bay.
Police began searching bushland in coastal bushland on Tuesday, and returned to search areas of Arakwal National Park today.
The search is part of an investigation into the disappearance of Thea Liddle, who had been living in Mooball in the Tweed Shire before her disappearance in late 2019.
Officers began erecting crime scene tape along parts of Tallow Beach Rd shortly after 2pm.
Tallow Beach Rd has now been cordoned off at the intersection of Lighthouse Rd.
A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed a crime scene had been established after skeletal remains were found.
"Officers located the remains about 1.20pm today," she said.
"It is too early to determine if the remains are male or female.
"The scene will be processed by forensic officers which will take a significant amount of time, with police expecting to maintain the crime scene into tomorrow."
It is the second day of the search for clues into the disappearance of the 43-year-old woman, who has not been seen since October last year.
Yesterday police said they were not treating the 43-year-old's disappearance as suspicious at this stage, but admitted her nomadic lifestyle was hampering their efforts to locate her.
There are fears for her safety, but police would not be drawn on what they think has happened to her.
Commander of Tweed Byron Police District Commander Superintendent said Thea was last known to be staying at a Mooball address.
She was last heard from on October 2, 2019 and has not touched social media or her bank accounts since.