Island bones identified as missing Angela Millington
Human bones that washed up on an Essex island in the summer have been identified as the remains of a homeless woman at the centre of a murder probe.
The remains of Angela Millington, 33, were found by ramblers on Foulness Island on 21 June, but have only just been identified using DNA tests.
Police say her body was either taken there or carried on the tide.
Ms Millington was last seen in November 2013 when she visited a housing officer and withdrew money from her bank.
Detectives say they are conducting a murder investigation as they do not know what happened to her.
When human remains were spotted in salt marshes on the island, a full search of the area was done and further bones were found.
"Extensive forensic and DNA tests had to be carried out to identify the body as Angela," a police spokeswoman said.
The last definitive sighting of Ms Millington, who lived in the Southend area but had no fixed address, was on 21 November when she met a housing officer in Westcliff.
She was known to associate with "street drinkers and local homeless people", Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett said.
Detectives have been speaking to Ms Millington's family and people who knew her to try to find out how and when she died.
"Her mobile phone has not been used since the end of November and we have not found any of her clothing or belongings," Det Ch Insp Werrett said.
"We are keeping all lines of inquiry open. Anyone with any information, no matter how small, could help us to discover how Angela died and bring her justice."
Det Ch Insp Werrett said Ms Millington's remains were found on part of Foulness Island known as New Burwood Head.
"We believe she may have ended up there by being carried on the tide as it would be very difficult for somebody to take her there," he said.