North Wales police have confirmed that remains found on Wednesday last in Flintshire are those of missing Irishwoman Catherine Gowing.
A post mortem was carried out on Thursday on the human remains which were found in the Manor Road area of Sealand, Flintshire.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce said: "The post mortem confirmed our fears and the results have been passed to Catherine's family.”
"We are also awaiting identification of further remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Ferry Lane, Higher Ferry, Chester, on Friday 2 November,” he added.
Police said the search is continuing for further remains and any other evidence which will assist this investigation.
37-year-old Ms Gowing, who was originally from Co Offaly, was last seen at 8.40pm on 12 October, when she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.
Since that time 46-year-old Clive Sharp has been charged with her murder.
Police reissued their appeal for any sightings of Ms Gowing's Irish registered Renault Clio 00 D 99970, which was found burnt-out at Pinfold Lane, Alltami, near Mold.
They have also appealed for information on sightings of Mr Sharp's black Volvo S40 AG58 JHE since 12 October, particularly in the Sealand area.
Anyone one with information about sightings or any suspicious activity in the Sealand area is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.