Missing pensioner's remains found in park 13 years after he vanished

Human remains discovered in a park last December have been identified as those of a pensioner who has been missing for almost 14 years.

British Transport Police said the family of Michael Conboy, who was 80 when he was last seen in April 2009, recognised pictures of his possessions after a media appeal.

Further DNA analysis of the bones that were found near Brackley Park in Hull confirmed they were his.

Officers said they do not believe there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

However, detectives will be continuing to investigate how Mr Conboy died and how his remains came to be at a railway embankment close to the park.

A BTP spokeswoman said: ‘Detectives from British Transport Police have now identified a person after human skeletal remains were found on a railway embankment in Hull.

‘On Wednesday 7 December 2022, officers were called to reports of human bones found near Brackley Park in Hull.

‘The area was cordoned off while specialist teams conducted a search of the scene and found the skeletal remains of one person.

‘These have now been identified as the remains of Michael Conboy who went missing in 2009 when he was 80.’

The area of Hull where the bones were found, a popular spot for dogwalkers and families, was sealed off for more than 10 days following their discovery.

There was initially speculation that they may belong to someone who had been hit by a train on the line, which carries freight from Hull docks.

Mr Conboy, who lived in the Saxcourt area of the East Yorkshire city, was reported missing on April 20, 2009.

His family launched a number of appeals for him in the two years following his disappearance.

In 2010, his sister Ellen King said: ‘Every time the phone rings I think it will be news about Michael.

‘He was in good spirits when we last saw him and his disappearance is so out of character.’

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