Forensic testing of bones nearly a century after St Martins woman Ellen Mouat was brutally murdered has meant she could be laid to rest with her parents.
The 40-year-old woman, known as Nellie, was murdered by her husband Frederick Mouat on February 20, 1925 in what has been described as one of the country's most compelling cases.
He dismembered and burnt her body. But police were never able to confirm the remains were hers, and many thought Mrs Mouat was still alive, reports Christchurch Star.
Now, more than 90 years later, as part of the New Zealand Police Museum's repatriation project, she has been buried with her parents at Linwood Cemetery after testing by Otago University forensic anthropologists confirmed the remains were hers.
A special ceremony has been held with police representatives and Mrs Mouat's family to bury her.
Her parents' headstone in Linwood Cemetery was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, so police had it restored and added her name to it.
Mrs Mouat went missing from her Beckford St home on February 20, 1925. Mr Mouat also disappeared. After a manhunt he was found and charged with her murder.