By Adrian Miller
While police continue to examine a skeleton found near Main Beach, Iluka, on Thursday, residents are wondering if the remains belong to an Iluka retiree who disappeared nearly 10 years ago.
More remains were found yesterday near the site of the original discovery after a search of the area was performed by Grafton detectives and forensic police.
The skeleton was then transferred to Glebe Morgue, Sydney, for a post-mortem examination.
A police officer was on duty overnight on Thursday and yesterday to guard and preserve the scene.
While police were yet to identify the remains, residents said it could be former local William Langby, who disappeared a decade ago.
Mr Langby, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, disappeared on the morning of June 7, 1995, while going for his usual morning walk. He was aged 69 at the time.
Police said they were following a number of lines of inquiry to identify the remains, including a review of missing persons.
Iluka resident Lenore Corfe said for the sake of Mr Langby's family, she hoped it was him.
"The people I've spoken to have pretty well all said the same thing and are all hoping that it is this gentleman so that the family have closure," she said.
"After all this time I suppose you always have hope that they would walk back in the door, but sadly most people think that's not going to happen after all this time."
Iluka Post Office licensee Jim Critchley said Thursday's find was the talk of the town at Iluka yesterday.
"We're wondering how long it'll be 'til the police can identify the body and find out all about it considering you can watch CSI on TV and in an hour they have solved everything," he said.