Mansfield double murder

A murder inquiry has been launched following the discovery of human remains in Mansfield.

Mansfield couple 'never reported missing'

A murder inquiry has been launched by detectives who discovered the remains of two bodies in the back garden of a house in Mansfield.

Today they said they're confident that they've found William and Patricia Wycherley, who were last seen in 1998, and that they have been killed. The couple were never reported missing and were found last week after a tip-off. David Hirst reports.

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Police still unsure how "bodies in garden" couple died

The house in Mansfield where the remains of an elderly couple were found
The house in Mansfield where the remains of an elderly couple were found Credit: ITV News

Police say it's proving difficult to determine how reclusive elderly couple William and Patricia Wycherley died because their bodies had been buried for so long.

Detectives today launched a murder inquiry a week after they discovered human remains in the back garden of a house at Blenheim Close in Forest Town, Mansfield.

But they say they are confident the remains are those of Mr and Mrs Wycherley. The couple moved to the address in the quiet cul-de-sac in 1987, but vanished 12 years later.

Police say the couple were never reported missing, and police only went to the house following an anonymous tip off.

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Police remain at Mansfield house where bodies found

Police officers are continuing investigations at a Mansfield home where human remains have been found.

The police van on the corner of Blenheim Close
The police van on the corner of Blenheim Close Credit: ITV News Central

Police were called to the house in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, Mansfield, on Friday after receiving a tip-off about a possible incident in the 1990s.

A couple who previously lived in the house, William and Patricia Wycherley, disappeared at around that time - but neighbours have said they simply thought the pair had emigrated.

Police believe the remains may hold the answer to the mystery of what exactly happened to the elderly couple, but say it could take weeks to formally identify the bodies.

The van remains outside the house in Mansfield today
The van remains outside the house in Mansfield today Credit: ITV News Central
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Neighbour thought Mansfield couple had emigrated

A neighbour, who lives near to the house where remains of two bodies have been found buried in the back garden, has said she thought the elderly couple living there in the late 1990s had emigrated.

Today, Police confirmed that the apparent disappearance of Mr and Mrs Wycherley from their house in Blenheim Close, Forest Green, in Mansfield was central to their inquiries into identifying the bodies.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said:

I only saw the man a few times. I never saw the lady or any family.

I have lived here for 18 years. They were living at the house when I moved in. But they never had any visitors. I never saw anyone coming or going.

My friend and I always used to say, 'I wonder what happened to that couple'. They just disappeared. We thought they had emigrated.

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Remains found in garden yet to be formally identified

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, who is leading the investigation, said:

Neither William nor Patricia was ever reported missing and we can find no evidence of either of them being alive or dead. The discovery in their former garden last week may be the reason why.

We have yet to formally identify the remains, and so cannot say with 100% certainty who we have found, but it's not a great leap to imagine it might be the Wycherleys.

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