A family has been told that a woman who went missing almost 50 years ago was murdered, after bones were discovered on property in western New South Wales.

Judith Bartlett was last seen leaving for work in Bathurst, in the state's central west in March 1964, when she was 28 years old.

Bones discovered in a remote area in Gooloogong hundreds of kilometres away have been found to match her DNA.

Her daughter, Frances Ryan, says she and her brothers spent their whole lives thinking she had abandoned them.

"My brother spent 49 years almost hating a woman for walking out on him," she said.

"I spent 49 years looking for a face in the crowd.

"Now I have to stop and think, 'no don't look at the crowd any more cause she's never coming back'.

"You never let go of that hope that your mum might come back to you, she loved you."

Police say Judith Barlett's remains were found in May 2009 by a man who was bushwalking in the Gooloogong area.

Bone samples were sent to New Zealand and the United States for specialist testing, and last month police matched the DNA to a sample given by her daughter.

Canobolas Crime Manager Detective Inspector Denise Godden said detectives were glad to be able to shed some light on what happened.

"Mrs. Bartlett's daughter refused to believe Judith had simply walked away from her children," she said.

"Frances waited and waited, hoping that one day there would be answers.

"It is very satisfying as an investigator that my team kept asking questions and finally came through with a result and provided those answers."

 

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