The human remains found entombed in concrete at an Auckland villa in January have been identified.
The Auckland City Police confirmed on Friday the deceased was David Stanley Hart, the former owner of a boarding house at the Marlborough Street property in Mt Eden.
Hart went missing years before the bones were discovered on January 31.
The cause of death and how he became entombed in the concrete is still unknown.
Acting detective senior sergeant Mark Franich says police are pleased they were able to identify the remains.
"It is a credit to the investigation team and to ESR that we have been able to get to the stage where an identification of Mr Hart has been made as it has been a long, complex and exhaustive process," Franich said.
The death is currently being treated as suspicious and police have spoken to a number of people that have previously resided at the property.
Police are asking anyone who may have had contact with Hart from March 2004 or have been involved in the house until 2016, to phone the non emergency police number 105.
Hart’s family has been notified.