Police have positively identified human remains located in bushland at Ocean Shores as missing man Kevin Kirk.

Mr Kirk, 70, was last seen walking a small Staffordshire dog through Ferry Reserve Caravan Park at nearby Brunswick Heads on 18 January.

A series of searches for Mr Kirk were conducted in the area by police and other emergency services after he was reported missing but failed to locate any trace of him.

His remains were found during a search on Thursday.

A post mortem examination will be conducted on Monday to try to establish the cause of Mr Kirk’s death.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.