POLICE have confirmed that human remains found earlier this week in a field in Pilsgate are those of missing man Robert Carroll.
Officers have confirmed today (Friday) following tests that the remains have been identified as Robert Carroll.
The matter has now been passed to the coroner.
Mr Carroll went missing from his home in Stamford in February 2006. His next of kin has been informed.
A dog walker made the grim discovery just after 2pm on Monday in a shallow dyke in a field just outside the small village.
It is understood Mr Carroll’s parents lived in Pilsgate at the time he went missing.
A police spokesman said: “Police were called shortly after 2pm on Monday to reports that a member of the public had found some human remains in a dyke near Pilsgate.
“The remains have been recovered and inquiries are underway to establish the identity.”
He said there was nothing to suggest that the death was suspicious.
Forensic officers were at the scene on Monday and Tuesday, recovering the remains and searching for evidence.
Mr Carroll was 40 years old when he went missing. He was a Cambridge graduate, who had visited the area regularly over 25 years to visit his family, and had been living in Stamford since he lost his job as an Italian literature lecturer two years before his disappearance.
Police at the time said they had “no idea” where Mr Carroll was. They described him in 2006 as having “personal difficulties” and said he was a “recovering alcoholic and suffers slightly with depression”.
Villagers in Pilsgate were shocked by the discovery.
Before he was identified, one resident said: “We first saw the police cars in the field on Monday afternoon and then they were back on Tuesday.
“At first we thought it would turn out to be animal bones but then we were told by the police it was very old human bones.
“It just seems quite incredulous that someone could be there for such a long time in such a shallow area. People are often walking their dogs there.
“If it is Robbie, it is desperately sad.”
Another villager, who also wanted to remain anonymous, added: “There is speculation in the village that it is Robbie but only because he was last seen in this area.
“I know he was a troubled guy and I really hope it isn’t him.”