Tasmania Police are liaising with Swiss authorities and the family of a deceased man to confirm if human remains found in the state’s South belong to a 44-year-old Swiss man.
A friend of the man contacted the ABC with information that he was last seen by his family in December 2010 when he left Switzerland to go travelling.
The photo circulated by Tasmania Police on social media was of the man’s friend, with the photo taken on the coast of Oregon, USA in 2010.
“We are working to confirm the deceased man’s identity. It’s important to provide answers to the deceased’s family and return the remains to them,” Detective Acting-Sergeant Michael Manning said.
EARLIER: Tasmania Police are investigating information that human remains found in the state’s South may be those of a Swiss national.
Police said on Sunday morning that they had received information regarding the man’s identity and were working to confirm it.
On Friday they released an image extracted from an SD card found with the remains, showing a man standing in front of a beach with distinctive rock formations.
The image has been shared widely across social media.
The human remains were found by two men bushwalking around 10 kilometres from the Tahune Airwalk on Wednesday, and were believed to have been there for some time.
Images of a backpack found with the body were also shared as police worked to identify the person.
“Tasmania Police can confirm they are investigating information the deceased person found in Southern Tasmania could be a Swiss national,” a police statement said.