UPDATE: More bones found in search for Lateesha
UPDATE: A POLICE search in the New South Wales' Central West for the remains of Lateesha Nolan has concluded.
The search for further remains started on Tuesday after DNA confirmed a bone located on a riverbank south of Dubbo belonged to the 24-year-old mother who disappeared in 2005.
Over the past two days, detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad's Strike Force Durkin, with the assistance of police from Orana Local Area Command, Western Region Operations Support Group, Forensic Services Group and Volunteer Rescue Association; searched an area near Butlers Falls for further remains.
Following the conclusion of the search yesterday, detectives confirmed they have found numerous items, which are believed to be bones and bone fragments.
These will be taken for examination by a forensic pathologist and an anthropologist, which will be followed by further analysis, including DNA testing.
EARLIER: While Innes Park dad Mick Peet knew his daughter's remains would eventually be found, nothing could have prepared him for the DNA results that said that day had come.
A single bone was located by a member of the public in Dubbo, New South Wales, late last month.
Following examination by a forensic pathologist and an anthropologist, the bone was found to be less than 100 years old with further testing confirming it belonged to Mr Peet's daughter Lateesha Nolan who went missing in Dubbo in 2005.
In August 2012, former fugitive Malcolm Naden was charged with the murder of his cousin Lateesha, but until now, so sign of her body had been found.
Barely catching a wink of sleep on Monday night and hastily getting prepared to head to Dubbo to be with family, Mr Peet said his phone had been ringing since 5am.
"It's been a pretty long night for me," he said.
"I knew one day this was gonna happen but you never, ever prepare yourself for it.
"It's been pretty emotional, the whole event."
Mr Peet said he was still coming to terms with the positive result after years of not knowing where his daughter was.
"I was just blown away with it all, it's very hard," he said.
"I just keep thinking of Lateesha as a 24-year-old girl who's now forever young.
"It's just a lot of mixed thoughts going through at the moment."
As he struggled to come to terms with the results, Mr Peet said he was grateful to police for the work they had put into the case through the years.
"I can't thank them enough for what they've done," he said.
Mr Peet said his thoughts were with others who had missing family members and still didn't know where they were located.
Starting today, New South Wales police began a co-ordinated search for additional remains on the riverbank near Butlers Falls.
Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said detectives were determined to find Lateesha's remains.
The search operation is expected to take a number of days and also involve police from Orana Local Area Command, Western Region Operations Support Group, Forensic Services Group and Volunteer Rescue Association.
"We now know we are looking at the right spot, which is near the 2012 excavation, but changes to the terrain have meant this area was unexposed at that time," Det Supt Willing said.
"The loss of a loved one is never easy to deal with, but the grief can be even harder to overcome when you can't lay them to rest.
"For more than a decade investigators have been following every line of inquiry in hope of ending the family's search for answers."
Det Supt Willing said police hoped Mr Peet would finally be able to lay his beloved daughter to rest.
"We hope we will soon be able allow them to properly - and respectfully - say goodbye," he said.