The family of a man who went missing in Blackpool have made a passionate plea for two girls to come forward after his bone was found on the beach in Fleetwood.
Brice Veevers, 27, was staying at a guest house in Blackpool with a friend when he disappeared in September 2013.
Despite an appeal, no trace was found until two teenage girls stumbled across a piece of bone on the beach last year – although the discovery only came to light last month.
Detectives are now keen to trace the girls to help them locate the rest of Mr Veevers’ body so he can finally be laid to rest.
Mr Veevers’ cousin Sebastian Rodgers, 32, said: “Hearing of the discovery was a small positive in a very distressing episode in all our lives – it was a little bit of closure for us.
“When someone is missing you can’t grieve for them in the same way you can when there is a funeral and a grave.
“We now need the two teenagers to come forward so we can pinpoint a location, begin searching and hopefully lay him to rest.”
Det Insp Jason Richardson, of Blackpool CID, said there had been a good response to an appeal in The Gazette – but the girls have yet to be identified.
He said: “Somebody contacted us from Nelson who collected items on the beach.
“We don’t think it’s going to be human but we have forwarded the photos on to anthropologists.
“We would like to thank people for the response to date but we are still very keen to identify the two young girls so we can endeavour to do a more thorough search for the sake of Mr Veevers’ family.”
Mr Rodgers added: “Brice has a very young daughter, she is only three years old, and it will be very important in the future for her to have somewhere to visit her dad.
“I still miss him, I think about him every day.
“I can’t thank those two girls enough for bringing the bone to someone’s attention, so many people would have just walked by.
“There is light at this very dark tunnel yet and I just hope those people do come forward.”
In October 2013, police appealed for information about the disappearance of Mr Veevers, from Beeston, Nottingham, saying he had last been seen talking to a woman at the Soul Suite bar, on the Promenade, on September 28.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.