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Nolan search concludes after bones found

AAP logoAAP 7/12/2016

A search for the remains of murdered woman Lateesha Nolan's bones in central western NSW has concluded following the discovery of several more bones.

Officers found numerous fragmented and whole bones at a riverbank near Dubbo on Wednesday, the second day of a search prompted by the discovery of a thigh bone last month which proved to belong to Ms Nolan.

The thigh bone was found by a member of the public on the banks of the Macquarie River, with police confirming on Tuesday it belonged to the 24-year-old mother of four, killed nearly 12 years ago by her cousin Malcolm Naden.

Police wrapped up the search on Wednesday afternoon following the discovery.

The bones will be examined by a forensic pathologist and an anthropologist to determine whether they are human and if a DNA match can be made.

This is expected to take about three weeks.

Naden strangled Ms Nolan in her car in January 2005 after becoming angry during an argument, then dismembered her body and buried it beside the river.

He went on the run for seven years before being captured in 2012.

After his arrest Naden pleaded guilty to Ms Nolan's murder and led officers to the site where excavations were carried out, but her remains were not found.

Ms Nolan's father Mick Peet flew from Queensland to Dubbo to visit the spot where the bones were found.

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