The family of Paul Kerrison, who has been missing since October 2014, have been informed after remains were found on farmland in yearby.
Dad-of-one Paul went missing on 25 October 2014, he was last seen near the junction of Grewgrass Lane and Longbeck Lane, New Marske.
He was reported missing by his mother Sue, after the 30-year-old failed to return home after a night out.
Police say the remains of a body have been found on farmland in the Yearby area.
Officers were called just before 4pm on May 24.
Police and forensic officers are still in the area, which has been cordoned off while investigations are carried out.
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Lighter winds but still feeling chilly.
Maximum Temperature13 °C.
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The road is blocked on the A1 Western Bypass Southbound between A696 / A167 Ponteland Road / B6918 Ponteland Road (Kenton Bar Roundabout) and A167 Stamfordham Road / B6324 Stamfordham Road (Westerhope Turn Off).
This is affecting traffic from Seaton Burn towards Gateshead. One of the vehicles is reported to have hit the central reservation.