CRIME SCENE: Forensic police investigate an area on the banks of the Mary River where human remains were found.
CRIME SCENE: Forensic police investigate an area on the banks of the Mary River where human remains were found. Frances Klein

UPDATE: Police have 'rough idea' about human remains

POLICE are getting closer to identifying the human remains found near the Mary River in Gympie three weeks ago.

A police media spokesman said while nothing could be confirmed about the circumstances surrounding the grisly discovery, they had a 'rough idea of the identity' of the remains and believed the death to be non-suspicious.

Police were alerted to the skeletal remains on June 25 when they were found by a council worker in a bushy area between the Bruce Highway and the Mary River just south of the Normanby Bridge exit on the highway.

Forensic police continue to investigate an area south of Normanby Bridge near the Mary River on Tuesday morning where skeletal remains were discovered on Monday.
Forensic police continue to investigate an area south of Normanby Bridge near the Mary River on Tuesday morning where skeletal remains were discovered on Monday. Frances Klein

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A guarded crime scene was established around the small amount of scrub where the badly decomposed body was found and where a forensic team spent at least two days investigating.

While the unanswered questions sparked a lot of interest in the Gympie community, the process of formally identifying and informing the next of kin could be a long procedure that could take months, a police spokesman said.

The police could not comment on how old the remains were or on any links to any missing persons in the area.

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