Body parts found in a river have been confirmed to belong to a mum who went missing from her home in 2017.

DNA testing confirmed the body parts belonged to Marie Scott, who vanished from Hale, Greater Manchester on Monday 18 December 2017.

Marie’s family have been informed and are being provided with support from officers at this difficult time.

On Sunday December 15, 2019, a report was made to Cheshire Police that suspected human remains had been seen on the Northside of Manchester Ship Canal on Mersey marshes – around a mile from Frodsham, Cheshire.

Officers established that the remains had come from the water.

Extensive enquiries were carried out to identify the body parts and the DNA testing took place today.

Marie’s son Stuart has previously spoken of the family’s continuing anguish

The development comes after a human leg was found in the River Irwell, Pendleton in December 2018, and was identified as Marie's.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "Following this, officers in Greater Manchester have remained committed to providing Marie’s family with much-needed and deserved answers.

"Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Marie’s disappearance continue, but at this time, there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and that no one else is believed to be involved in her disappearance."

Marie's family are being supported at this difficult time

Detective Inspector Simon Akker, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: "Having been personally involved in Marie’s case since she was reported missing in 2017, and having met with her family several times, my heart truly goes out to them.

"This has been an agonising journey for those closest to Marie and we will support them as they continue to come to terms with the loss of Marie."

Marie, 58, walked out of the family home just before Christmas 2018.

She missed her 41st wedding anniversary in February and her grandson’s birthday in April.

Marie’s son Stuart, 37, has previously spoken to the Manchester Evening News of the family's anguish.

He said: "All our lives are destroyed without her being with us.

"We miss her smile, the time she shared with us, her love and her kindness.

"She is in our thoughts every minute of every day."

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