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.
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.
Police have just confirmed that they are now investigating a double murder following the discovery a week ago of the remains of an elderly couple at Forest Green in Mansfield.
William and Patricia Wycherley disappeared in 1998. Last week police excavated the back garden of their home in Blenheim Close and discovered the skeletal remains of the couple.
Police are due to give an update later on the discovery of human remains in a Mansfield garden.
They were found last week after a tip-off. Detectives believe they could be of an elderly couple who once lived in the house.
Detectives say two bodies found in the back garden of a house in Mansfield could be an elderly couple who used to lived there.
William and Patricia Wycherley haven't been seen for 15 years. Officers have been trying to get in touch with relatives and former neighbours as Phil Brewster reports.
Police officers are continuing investigations at a Mansfield home where human remains have been found.
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.
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.