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Bones Found On Beach 'Belong To Missing French Backpacker'

Police believe bones found on beaches on the NSW coast belong to one of two missing backpackers.

DNA testing indicates three bones found on two separate beaches along the state's mid-north coast, are human, and belong to the same person.

Police believe the bones are those of Frenchman Erwan Ferrieux, 21, who disappeared with his English friend Hugo Palmer, 20, five months ago.

The backpackers are believed to have gone for a swim at Shelly Beach near Port Macquarie before they disappeared. Morning walkers found items belonging to the pair at the beach early on February 20.

Erwan Ferrieux, from France (L) and Hugo Palmer, from England (R). Photo: Instagram

In June, spear fishermen found two bones in the water at nearby Flynn's Beach and around Flat Rock, east of Nobby Head.

Forensic testing confirmed the bones are human and belong to one person, believed to be Ferrieux, NSW Police confirmed on Monday.

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Police said another bone, believed to be human, found in the same area  on Sunday "will be subject to forensic examination, with any results being compared to the missing person records".

More to come.

Featured image: Instagram