Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a Donegal woman tonight confirmed that skeletal remains found in a house in the area are human.
Chief Superintendent Noel White said there was evidence of an intense fire at the scene but refused to be drawn on whether the remains were those of missing mother of four Dolores McCrea.
He appealed for anyone with any information relating to the investigation to come forward, stressing it was still a missing persons inquiry and no one had been charged.
Gardaí are particularly interested in information regarding a silver car which Ms McCrea was reportedly seen getting into on the night she disappeared.
The property in Ballybuglin, near Ballintra remains sealed off.
State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy was at the scene all day and a forensic team from Dublin has conducted an examination of the premises.
Ms McCrea, 36, disappeared on Tuesday night when she left her home for a darts match but never arrived at the game.
She has four daughters. The eldest, Sharon, yesterday issued an appeal for her mother to return.