Police have confirmed that a skull and other scattered body parts found on a building site were of a wanted man.
The ex-marine had been wanted by cops in connection with an investigation over a stabbing.
The skull was found on a building site and other body parts were discovered on nearby coastal land, prompting police to call off the search for John Dick, who was last spotted 10 months ago in Harwich, Essex.
The 38-year-old was wanted over "a grievous bodily harm level assault" in Thetford, Norfolk that involved a stabbing, police said, via The Mirror.
Essex Police said that after extensive DNA testing they could confirm that a human skull found near Harwich Port on July 19 belonged to him.
The force added that earlier this month "further bones were discovered along the coastline, in Bathside Bay, which led to additional searches in the following days."
More remains found in marshland are being investigated and are also believed to be Dick's.
"We are not linking the discovery to any other investigation at this time and a file is now being be prepared for the coroner," the force said.
Dick, who was a marine for 13 years, was last seen in Harwich, Essex, on November 30 and family Facebook appeals were shared hundreds of thousands of times.
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He had been reported missing from the Bury St Edmunds area in Suffolk, and in April, Norfolk Police said he was wanted in connection with the stabbing.
In a statement issued through police, his family said: "We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our John.
"He was a wonderful man who was funny, kind, generous and trusting and, from the stories that have been shared, it is clear that this has been seen far and wide by so many people.
"Everyone that knew him is better for knowing him and John will be forever missed.
"He was so very loved as a daddy, husband, son and brother and our hearts are shattered at our loss."
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