Bones found on the side of a British highway have been identified as those of a woman who had been missing since 1996, according to official sources.

The remains of Melanie Hall, 25, who disappeared while on a night out in Bath, England, were found partially buried beside the highway on Monday.

Despite a massive police search and a $16,050 reward, no trace of the hospital clerk had previously been found.

A worker clearing vegetation away from the highway uncovered a garbage bag containing a number of bones, including a skull and pelvis. More bones were found scattered nearby.

Forensic teams shut off the road shortly after the discovery. After pathology tests on the remains they were identified as being those of Hall.

Police liaison officers were with Hall's parents, Steve, 65, the director of Bath City FC, and Patricia, 64, a nurse, at their home in Bradford Leigh, Wiltshire, Wednesday night.

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