Two bones found by a lake in Pease Pottage on Monday January 26 are those of a Crawley man who was reported missing last year, police said.
Jean Leveque, 42, of Hawth Close, Southgate, was reported missing by his family in May last year.
Police have confirmed that the bones, found by a fishing lake off Parish Lane, belonged to Mr Leveque.
The upper left hip bone and a lower left leg bone have been identified as a result of analysis by a forensic archaeologist and by DNA comparison.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said ‘extensive’ police enquiries had been carried out to try to find Mr Leveque, including media appeals to which his sister contributed.
Detective inspector Mark Cullimore said: “This is a very sad time for Jean’s family, who have been desperate for news of him and have supported our own enquiries throughout the past nine months.
“We searched the area last weekend after the bones were found but no further remains were found. The death is being treated as unexplained, and there is no evidence to suggest it is suspicious. The facts will be reported to the coroner.”