Gwent police have sent the remains of human feet discovered in the River Severn - close to where Richey Edwards disappeared seven years ago, for analysis.
As previously reported, the bones, contained inside Diadora trainers, were found by a fisherman on Saturday evening (March 23) while he was walking along the riverbank near the village of Sudbrook.
The search for the rest of the body has continued in the area today (March 26) using a police helicopter and Search And Rescue teams, but nothing has yet been uncovered.
Detective Sergeant Dave Edwards, who is leading the investigation said: "The trainers and remains have now been sent to a pathologist for analysis and enquiries are ongoing both locally and in the surrounding forces, looking at outstanding missing people, in the hope to make an identification."
A spokesperson for Gwent Police told NME.COM that an identification has not yet been made, and the possibility the remains could be that of the Manic Street Preachers guitarist is just one avenue they are exploring.
She commented: "He's a missing person but we're in contact with the National Missing Persons Bureau to make sure we check out every eventuality."
Identification is currently being based on existing missing person's files.
Edwards disappeared in February 1995, and his car was soon discovered nearby.
[Originally published: nme.com, 26 March 2002]