The decomposed body of a woman found near Raikes Lane in Bolton has been identified.
Rebecca Mey’s body was found in woodland near Raikes Clough, Burden, on October 10.
The discovery, just before 5.40pm, led to a major police appeal to help identify the woman.
Photographs of distinctive jewellery she was wearing were released by police in the hope of discovering who the woman was.
Ms Mey, aged 37, lived in Redditch, in the Midlands. She had last been seen in Bolton on Sunday, September 1.
A post mortem examination failed to reveal how she died.
Police are now appealing to the public to help piece together Ms Mey’s final movements.
She was last seen by friends on Saturday, August 31, in Manchester.
On Sunday, September 1, she travelled to Bolton by train and arrived at the station in Trinity Street at about 12pm.
People saw her at least twice by the river in Raikes Clough, a wooded area near the A666 and Raikes Lane.
When she was last seen she was wearing a black T-shirt with a diamond effect cat motif, a black cardigan, black trousers and calf-length black Doctor Martin boots.
Since she was last seen she had obtained a dark blue duffle coat from Zara that had a belt and a black fur collar.
It is thought she may have bought the coat from a local charity shop. She suffered from severe migraines and may have bought pain relief medication while in Bolton town centre.
Det Insp Sarah May, from Bolton North police, said: "Formal identification has now taken place and we have been able to inform the family of Rebecca about their loss.
“Although the post mortem proved inconclusive, there is nothing at this stage to suggest that there was any third party involvement in her death
From left, Tammy Turnbull, Louise Griffiths and Rebecca Mey, whom they knew as “Abbie”, were part of the Birmingham Goth scene in the 1990s
TRIBUTES have been paid to a “friendly and sweet” woman whose body was found in woodland near Raikes Lane in October last year.
Friends of Rebecca Mey, aged 37, from Redditch in Worcestershire, said she was “constantly smiling” and “full of life” during the time they spent together.
The friends said they met Ms Mey, who they knew as Abbie Yeadon, when she was living in Birmingham and socialising in the city’s Goth scene.
Tammy Turnbull, aged 36, who now lives in Derbyshire said: “Abbie became part of our regular crowd in the 1990s and we enjoyed many get-togethers and nights out on a weekly basis, as well as weekends away at the Whitby Gothic weekend.
“She was a lovely person and was always smiling, but she moved away and we lost touch with her at some point between 2007 and 2009.
“Recently a friend tried to find her on the internet and made the shocking discovery which has left us all feeling sad and confused — she will be remembered and missed by all of us.”
Another friend, Sarah Fogarty, said: “She was a lovely, bubbly person. It was always a pleasure to hang out with her and she will be sadly missed. It is such a tragic loss.”