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Police believe they have identified the human remains found close to a railway line in Herne Bay.
The bones were discovered by workers clearing undergrowth by the tracks near Margate Road on Monday. Officers have have carried out house to house inquiries in the area, and have also checked on reports of missing people from the area.
They say they think the remains are those of 58 year old Harry Bartlett who vanished from his home in Broomfield in 2004.
The death is being treated as unexplained and a post mortem examination has not be able to establish how the man died.
A BTP spokesman confirmed: "Detectives investigating the discovery of human remains close to a railway line in Herne Bay, Kent, now believe they are those of a man from Herne Bay who was reported missing in 2004 aged 58.
"This follows inquiries made at the scene and checks on details of missing people from the local area. Investigators are speaking with the man's family and are working to formally identify the man.''