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DNA links bone to missing teenage swimmer
7News has been told DNA tests have linked the bone to Katelyn Hyland, a 16-year-old who died after being caught in a rip.

Bones have been found which are believed to be from a missing teenage swimmer on the Gold Coast.

It's believed a bone found at the Southport Spit may belong to a teenage girl who drowned more than two years ago.

A fisherman made the discovery near the northern wall of the seaway in April.

It was linked to several missing people including Gold Coast mother Novy Chardon.


7News has been told DNA tests have linked the bone to Katelyn Hyland, a 16-year-old who died after being caught in a rip.

Hyland's mother, Karen Kleinschmidt, said it has given the family some closure.

"It is a really hard thing, but also a joyful thing because now we can definitely have a memorial service and we can accept it a lot better," Kleinschmidt said in a TV interview.

“When you haven’t got proof of anything you can’t really deal with it (and) the thought of what happened to her and her last moments struggling with the water does play on your mind.”

“It has been the hardest two years of my life and there were times I’d come to a point where I didn’t want to go on living because it was such a hard thing to go through."

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