Remains of missing man identified as Piers Hopson
The remains of a body have been identified as that of Piers Hopson who was last seen leaving a care home in St Leonards in January 2010.
The remains of a body were found in September 2010 by a French trawler nine miles off the coast of Newhaven in East Sussex.
They have now been identified as Mr Hopson's following a positive DNA match. Mr Hopson suffered from Asperger syndrome.
Mr Hopson went missing after saying he was going for a walk but he never returned. He was last seen in Rock-a-Nore Road on Hastings seafront.
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His parents Roger and Dawn Hopson have thanked the police for their efforts in finding their son.
They said: "We want to thank everyone who helped us in our search for Piers, the media, the public, the volunteer search teams and especially Sussex Police who have been marvellous.
"They followed up each possible sighting of Piers."
Det Insp Rob Morland, who led the investigation, said: "My sympathies go to Roger and Dawn and the family.
"This has been a long investigation and we were only aware on Monday this week that Pier's remains had been discovered and identified.
"It is a sad conclusion but I hope his family can now have closure."
His parents added: "He loved music and walking and was fascinated by the meaning of words. Once, when he was at school and he wanted the starring role in Richard III, he learnt the entire play off by heart.
"When something caught his attention, his enthusiasm for it knew no bounds.
"Everything he did, he did with good humour."