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Remains of missing woman Carly McBride discovered near Scone in the Upper Hunter


For the past two years, the family of Carly McBride have sought answers about her disappearance.

And, this week, that mystery was resolved when police discovered the remains of the missing woman near Scone in the Hunter Region of NSW on Sunday, the Scone Advocate reports.

Following a four-day operation, which involved forensic experts, a rescue squad, dog unit and officers from the Hunter Valley Local Area Command, police confirmed on Thursday morning that Ms McBride's remains had been found.

A post-mortem examination was undertaken in Newcastle on Wednesday and the results confirmed the remains were those of Ms McBride.

"The investigation is still ongoing; we've treated it as a homicide from the early stages and that has not changed," Detective Sergeant Ian Wright said.

"We are still treating it as a suspicious death at the moment."

Ms McBride's family have been notified.

In June last year, her parents Steve McBride and Lorraine Williams, made a public plea for help at a media conference at Muswellbrook.

"It has left us all very sad and devastated over her loss," her father said at the time.

Hunter Valley Local Area Command's acting Commander Guy Guiana said police would not slow down after finding Ms McBride's body.

"At least it's good for the family to put her to rest, but there's a lot more work to be done yet," he said.

Police were alerted of Ms McBride's disappearance on September 30, 2014, when she failed to return to her home in Belmont, south of Newcastle, and could not be found.

A friend organised to collect the mother-of-two at a fast-food outlet in Muswellbrook, but she never arrived.

In the early days after Ms McBride was reported missing, police reviewed CCTV footage from local businesses and conducted extensive searches along the banks of the Hunter River and around the Skellatar Stock Route in Muswellbrook.

She was last seen on Calgaroo Avenue wearing a yellow top, light blue jeans, sandals and carrying a tan handbag.

Strike Force Karabi was set up to find Ms McBride and, in April 2015, detectives investigating her disappearance charged a man with drug and firearm offences.

Officers from Strike Force Karabi executed search warrants at three addresses, which included Gundy Road, Scone; Ted Clay Street, Muswellbrook; and Hayes Street, Scone.

At those properties three firearms, a silencer and an extendable baton were seized as well as a substance suspected of being methamphetamine and $5875 in cash.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the Ted Clay Street address.

He was taken to Muswellbrook police station where he was charged with 13 offences relating to the possession and supply of methamphetamine, possession of firearms, and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Investigators stressed the charges did not relate to the investigation into the disappearance of Ms McBride.

However, these did arise from that same line of inquiries.

Scone Advocate