Breaking: Uncovered human remains confirmed as Natalia Doherty

The house at Icknield Way; inset, Natalia Doherty
The house at Icknield Way; inset, Natalia Doherty

Police have confirmed that human remains found in a Luton garden are those of missing mum Natalia Doherty.

Dental records obtained from the skeletal remains uncovered during ground survey work on Icknield Way have positively identified the 50-year-old mother of three, who was last seen in Eastbourne in 2003.

It is known she went to stay with her ex-husband Gerald Doherty in the now-demolished Regents Arms pub in Hastings Street, Luton, at around this time.

Gerald Doherty has since died.

Two men aged 39 and 66, both from Luton, were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and have been bailed with conditions until January 27.

A 71-year-old man living in Port Glasgow, Scotland, remains on bail on suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.

A Beds Police spokesperson said: “Natalia’s family are being kept up to date with developments and are receiving the support of police family liaison officers.

“Investigations continue at the property.”