Police investigating the 2014 disappearance of Minh Phuoc (Paul) Nguyen have located skeletal remains during a coordinated search of bushland in the Illawarra, NSW.

Mr Nguyen, aged 50 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen driving out of the Hilton Hotel in the Sydney CBD about 9.50pm on Thursday 1 May 2014.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Awols to investigate Mr Nguyen’s murder and locate his remains.

Two men were previously charged in connection to his murder.

Despite numerous searches by police, including as recently as earlier this month, Mr Nguyen’s body was not located.

Acting on information received, strike force detectives, assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad, the Dog Unit, the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit, and local police, commenced a coordinated search of bushland at Cordeaux about 8am yesterday (Tuesday 24 July 2018).

During the search, police located a number of bones, which are believed to be human.

The bones will be subject to examination by a forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist, followed by further analysis, including DNA testing, to determine the identity of the remains.

The search for further bones and items of interest will continue today (Wednesday 25 July 2018).