Police receive a call from a Swiss man who believes the bones are of his friend after photo found near bones is released

A telephone call to police by a Swiss national may by the key to solving the mystery of the identity of a skeleton stumbled upon by two hikers in remote bushland south of Hobart last week.

The human bones were found away from marked tracks in the Huon valley, 10km west of the popular Tahune Airwalk, and police believe they belong to a 44-year-old Swiss tourist who has been missing for more than six years.

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