Two men are under arrest on suspicion of murder after human remains found buried in a garden for over a decade were identified. Natalia Doherty, 50, disappeared more than 12 years ago. She was last seen in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on 15 April 2003.
Officers discovered parts of a skeleton when they searched the garden of a house in Icknield Way in Luton, Bedfordshire. Dental records have now confirmed that the remains are those of Ms Doherty.
Ms Doherty had been living in Eastbourne at the time of her disappearance and was known to have travelled to stay with her ex-husband, Gerald Doherty, in the Regents Arms pub in Luton.
Two men, aged 66 and 39 and both from Luton, were arrested on suspicion of murder on 9 December. The 66-year-old was previously held on suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesman told Sky News: "Natalia's family are being kept up to date with developments and are receiving the support of police family liaison officers. Investigations continue at the property."
The two suspects have been bailed until 27 January 2016.