Police link bones discovery to French backpacker who disappeared in Australia

Bones found on NSW beach belong to missing French backpacker, police say

Human bones found in search for missing French backpacker

Police in Australia say DNA testing on three bones found last month in the New South Wales state mid-north coastline are of missing French tourist Erwan Ferrieux who disappeared with his British companion in February.

Concerns about the travelers' fate were raised after their rental vehicle was found unattended at a popular surfing spot, sparking a five-day police search.

The bones were first found by spear fishermen in the water at Flynn's Beach on Saturday 15 June, with further bones located in the water around Flat Rock, east of Nobby Head, by a spear fisherman on Monday 17 June.

Police said another bone, believed to be human, found in the same area on Sunday "will be subject to forensic examination, with any results being compared to the missing person records".

Chief Inspector Mark Aldridge told reporters at the time of the pair's disappearance that police were concerned they had entered the water and not come back out.

An air, sea and land search was conducted at the time but failed to find the two.

Undated composite handout photo from Australian police shows Erwan Ferrieux (left) and Hugo Palmer.

The bones were forensically tested against DNA found on the missing tourists' rental van.

"This bone is from another part of the anatomy".

Mr Palmer, an Englishman, and Mr Ferrieux, a Frenchman, have been close friends for years, according to their Facebook pages.

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