A body found last week in the search for Gemma Simpson has been confirmed of that of the missing Leeds woman.
Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor of Protective Services Crime, said: “Officers investigating the murder of Gemma Simpson can now confirm that human remains located in the vicinity of Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire are those of Gemma.
“Gemma’s family have been informed.”
Officers have been searching Brimham Rocks, near Knaresborough, in the wake of the arrest of a man who has admitted killing Gemma.
She was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills to Leeds city centre.
Martin Bell, 43, of St Leonard’s Crescent, Scarborough, was charged with her murder last month at a flat in Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, between May 4 and June 3, 2000. Leeds Crown Court has been told he has made “full and frank admissions” over her death.