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Mystery over woman's bones at Victorian beach

Ricketts Point Source: Victoria Police

Detectives have released photos in a bid to establish the identity of a woman whose bones were found at Melbourne's Beaumaris beach in January 2018.

Mystery continues to surround the identity of a woman whose bones were found at a Melbourne beach 18 months ago.

More than 400 bone fragments were discovered in the foreshore rock pools at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris on 11 January last year.

Forensic tests showed they likely belonged to a woman aged over 20, however, detectives believe the bones were only recently placed in the rock pools, given their location and changing tides.

While testing continues, police are turning to the public for answers, releasing images on Thursday of the scene at Ricketts Point showing where the bones were found.

The scene where hundreds of human bone fragments were found in foreshore rock pools at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris, Melbourne.
The scene where hundreds of human bone fragments were found in foreshore rock pools at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris, Melbourne.
VICTORIA POLICE

Missing person files have provided no further leads in the unusual case and police cannot say for certain it's suspicious.

"Was she left here by loved ones? Was she murdered? We just don't know," Detective Sergeant Maurie Ryan said.

"Some of the best forensic scientists in Victoria have examined these bones and while they have been able to provide us with some information, it alone hasn't been enough to solve the case."

Police hope the appeal prompts someone to come forward with information about how the bones came to be in the rock pool, or who might have left them there and why.

They are also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time the bones were discovered.

"There is definitely a story behind these bones and it's one we want to know - and there will definitely be someone out there who can tell it to us," Det Sgt Ryan said.

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