Skeletal remains found in Gelderland identified as missing homeless man

Police officer and sniffer dog search a wooded area
Police officer and sniffer dog search a wooded areaPolitie

Skeletal remains found in a forested area in Hummelo last week, were identified as Ger Homma, a homeless man who went missing in April 2010. At the time of his disappearance, Homma was living at The Passion, a shelter for homeless people located across the road from where his remains were found, De Gelderlander reports.

The remains - almost a complete skeleton, a police spokesperson said to the newspaper - were identified by the Netherlands Forensic Institute. A DNA match was made with material from the database for missing persons, in which DNA material is stored of people who have been missing for years. 

The police found no evidence that Homma was killed in a crime and therefore closed the investigation. The man's relatives were informed. 

The skeletal remains was found by a hiker in a forest plot on the corner of Zomerweg and Zutphen Emmerikseweg on Tuesday last week. The hiker also found a wallet with Hummo's ID inside, the police confirmed to De Gelderlander.