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Remains found in the garden of a house in a quiet cul-de-sac have the same distinctive feature that an elderly woman who used to live at the property had, police said.
The bodies of two people found buried in the garden are believed to be William Wycherley, who would now be 100, and his wife Patricia, 79.
The couple moved in to the semi-detached house in 2 Blenheim Close, Forest Town, Mansfield in 1987 but there has been no trace of them since 1998.
Patricia's maiden name was Moore it is believed she was born in Fulham, police said.
Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed they have now launched a double murder inquiry following the discovery of human remains found buried in a back garden at Forest Town, Mansfield.
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.
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.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, who is leading the investigation, said:
The bodies of two people found buried in the back garden of a house in a quiet cul-de-sac could be an elderly couple who used to live at the property, police said.
Nottinghamshire Police believe they could be William Wycherley, who would now be 100, and his wife Patricia, 79.
The couple moved in to the semi-detached house in 2 Blenheim Close, Forest Town, Mansfield in 1987.
There has been no trace of the pair since 1998, police said today.
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.
Police searching a house where an elderly couple "disappeared" over a decade ago have dug up the remains of two bodies.
The dig began after police were told of an alleged incident that happened there sometime in the 1990s.
Local neighbours say there was an elderly couple living in the house at the time who people thought might have emigrated without telling anybody.
ITV News' Damian Green reports:
Police say they are doing forensic tests to identify the two bodies found in the garden of a house in Mansfield.
They say it may take several weeks or months before they know who the people are.
In a press conference, a police spokesperson said the police believe the bodies were buried in the late 1990s.
The people who currently live in the house had no idea the bodies were there.
Police searched a house in Mansfield after they were told about an alleged incident that happened there sometime in the 1990s.
That is why they arrived yesterday and began digging in the back garden, where they found the remains of two people.
Post-mortems are being carried out today, but local neighbours are saying there was an elderly couple living in the house at the time who mysteriously disappeared.
People thought they might have emigrated without telling anybody. They were last seen in the late 1990s.
The house stood empty for a number of years before being bought by a family.
Police say the family is not involved in this investigation, but there is a mystery and they believe they will be solving it very soon.