Human remains found at a Harrogate beauty spot are those of murdered Leeds woman Gemma Simpson, police have confirmed.
Police investigating the disappearance of a woman who went missing from her home more than a decade ago made the discovery at Brimham Rocks.
Officers have been searching the area near to the Nidderdale landmark in the wake of the arrest of a man who has admitted killing Gemma Simpson, of Leeds.
She was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills to Leeds city centre.
Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor of Protective Services Crime, said: “Officers investigating the murder of Gemma Simpson can now confirm that human remains located in the vicinity of Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire are those of Gemma.
“Gemma’s family have been informed.”
Martin Bell, 43, of St Leonard’s Crescent, Scarborough, was charged with her murder last month at a flat in Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, between May 4 and June 3, 2000. Leeds Crown Court has been told he has made “full and frank admissions” over her death.