Shortly before 9am on Wednesday 28 November 2018, police were called to a report that suspected human remains had been seen in the River Irwell near to Whit Lane, Pendleton.
Officers and specialist underwater teams attended and, following forensic examination, it was confirmed to be a human leg.
DNA testing has confirmed that the leg belongs to Marie Scott, who was reported missing from her home in Hale on Monday 18 December 2017.
Marie’s family have been informed and are being provided with support from officers at this difficult time.
Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are ongoing but, at this time, there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and no one else is believed to be involved in her disappearance.
Detective Inspector Simon Akker, of GMP’s Trafford Borough, said:
“This is an absolutely heart-breaking development in the investigation to find Marie and her family are understandably distraught by the news.
“Having been personally involved in the search to find Marie and met with her family on a number of occasions, I know the devastating impact this will have on them.
“Our efforts now will focus on doing everything we can to ensure we can provide the family with the support and answers they deserve."