Malta Police have confirmed that human remains found in Valletta are those of a woman who went missing 11 years ago.
Charlene Farrugia, who worked at the Dar tal-Providenza care home in Siggiewi, disappeared in November 2008.
Detectives believe she was brutally murdered in her flat in Qawra before her body was dismembered and transported to Valletta in garbage bags in her own car.
Only a skull and two leg bones were found.
The grim discovery was made in a wartime shelter in Valletta last month.
Since then, forensic experts have been carrying out a number of tests to confirm the identity of the remains.
Police were led to the site by John Woods, who had spoken about the missing woman when he was arrested after an attempted robbery at a shop in Gzira.
He is currently being investigated for murdering the 25-year-old.
Woods, 39, was jailed for seven years last month in connection with the robbery.
Noemi Farrugia, who has campaigned for years to find out what happened to her younger sister, revealed she can ‘hardly bear the tragedy’.
She posted on Facebook: ‘My family and I want to show our appreciation for all those who reached out and expressed solidarity, and offered help and prayers in these difficult times we are going through.’