A couple found buried in the back garden of a home in Mansfield were killed by gunshot, forensic tests have confirmed.
The remains of the pair - believed to be elderly couple William and Patricia Wycherley who disappeared from the house in 1998 - were found in the garden of the house in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, on October 9 following a tip-off.
A 55-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man - named by the Press Association as the couple's daughter Susan Edwards and son-in-law Christopher - today remain in custody being questioned over their couple's murder.
The daughter of an elderly couple who disappeared in the 90s has been arrested on suspicion of their murder, the Press Association has reported.
Susan Edwards, aged 55, and her husband Christopher, 57, are suspected of killing William and Patricia Wycherley, whose remains were found buried in the garden of their former home in Mansfield last month.
The pair were arrested at St Pancras International railway station in London on Wednesday night.
Nottinghamshire Police have so far refused to confirm the identities of the couple arrested.
The bodies have yet to be formally identified but police believe the remains are that of elderly couple William and Patricia Wycherley, who lived at the house in the 1990s and, according to neighbours, disappeared in 1998.
The detective leading a murder inquiry into the disappearance of an elderly couple in Mansfield has urged anyone who may have known them to get in contact with the police. William and Patricia Wycherley, who would now be aged 100 and 79, disappeared in 1998.
While we have learned some things about Bill [William], also known as Geoff, little is known about Pat. We believe her maiden name was Moore. Are you a relation of her, or were you friends with a Patricia Moore, who we believe was born in Fulham? If so, call us.
The historic nature of the inquiry means it is a long and complex process. But we are determined to get to the bottom of who was buried in the garden, how they got there and for what reason.
– Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, Nottinghamshire Police
Nottinghamshire Police, who are investigating the remains of two bodies found buried in a back garden in Mansfield, say a bone analysis ‘further supports’ their theory that they are those of Patricia and William Wycherley.
Detectives are urging anyone who knew Patricia Wycherley, formerly known as Patricia Moore, to get in touch after an anthropologist report revealed the remains have ‘distinctive features’, which Mrs Wycherley had.
The analysis showed the first set of remains were most likely that of a well-built white woman, who was aged 40 or older and 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall.
The report also found that a second set of remains are believed to have belonged to a man who was older than 60, well-built and between 5ft 7ins to 5ft 9ins tall.
The force has now launched a murder inquiry into the case to discover what happened to the Wycherleys, an elderly couple who lived at the property during the 1990s.
Police confirmed that a formal identification may take some time. While the results from a Home Office post-mortem examination, conducted on Friday 11 October, to establish cause of death, are yet to be released.
Nottinghamshire Police say they are confident the remains of two bodies found buried in a back garden are those of Patricia and William Wycherley who lived at the property in Forest Town, Mansfield, during the 1990s.