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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 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 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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Elderly couple's 'disappearance' central to inquiry into human remains discovery

Police confirm the ‘disappearance’ of an elderly couple is central the inquiry into the remains of two human bodies found buried in a back garden last week.

What happened to William and Patricia Wycherley, who lived at the house in Mansfield where the remains were found is a mystery.

Police examining the back garden of the house Credit: ITV News Central

Records show the couple moved into number two, Blenheim Close, Forest Town, in 1987, and seemed to disappear in 1998. There has been no trace of the pair since.

The remains of the bodies were found on Thursday October 9, after Police received information about an incident in the late 90s. Forensic investigation at the house is ongoing.

Police are also speaking with the family of Mr and Mrs Wycherley to try to find out if there is a link to the investigation.

The officer leading the investigation, DCI Rob Griffin, did say however that police could not confirm with 100% certainty who was found buried in the back garden of the property.

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 great leap to imagine it might be the Wycherleys."

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Mansfield bodies: tests could take weeks

The bodies were discovered in Blenheim Close in Forest Town Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesRui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police say tests to identify the bodies of two people found buried in a back garden in Nottinghamshire could take weeks.

The human remains were discovered at the back of semi-detached house in Forest Town near Mansfield on Thursday.

Detectives say the discoveries were made after they received information about an 'alleged incident' in the 1990s.

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Forensic examination continues at " House of Death"

Forensic examinations in the garden of a Mansfield house where two remains were found Credit: ITV News

Police are continuing to investigate the discovery of two corpses in the back garden of a house in Mansfield where neighbours said an elderly couple "just disappeared".

The bodies were unearthed in the back yard of the house in a quiet cul-de-sac by officers on Thursday following a tip off they received last week about an "incident" which is alleged to have taken place in the late 1990s.

Neighbours spoke of their shock and revealed that an elderly couple who used to live at the address in the 1990s just "disappeared", leading them to believe they had emigrated.

Officers said it could take "several weeks or months" to identify the bodies, which are believed to have been buried in the back garden of the semi-detached house in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, Mansfield, for some time.

The remains of two people found in garden of Mansfield house Credit: ITV News

It is thought the house stood empty for a number of years before a new tenant moved in seven years ago.

Police have ruled them and the owner of the house out of their investigation.

A Nottinghamshire Police force spokeswoman said all lines of inquiry are currently being looked at in relation to the circumstances of the incident. Meanwhile police are continuing to work at the scene.

Inspector Mark Webster, Nottinghamshire Police Credit: ITV Central

Part of the garden directly outside of the back of the house was covered by a forensic tent, while mounds of earth could be seen piled up against the fence in the garden, with a mini-digger nearby.

Inspector Mark Webster, of Nottinghamshire Police, said the two bodies had now been removed from the address.

"As a result of information we received in force last week we commenced a search at premises on Blenheim Close in the Forest Town area of Mansfield and yesterday we uncovered the bodies of two people," he said.

"Forensic tests are taking place at this moment to identify who they are, formally."

He said the house's current tenant and owner had been "extremely helpful" and were not part of the investigation.

Mr Webster would not discuss any further details of the information which had sparked the police search and also refused to rule out whether they were looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. He added no arrests have yet been made.

Forensic team at " House of Death"

Detectives investigating an incident more than a decade ago - have found the remains of two bodies in the garden of a house in Mansfield.

They were digging at an address in the north east of the town yesterday when they made the discovery. So far all police are saying is that they received information last week about an incident which took place in the late 1990s.

The house has been cordoned off as forensic teams work at the back of the property. From Mansfield, Phil Brewster

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