Oct 15 2013
Police have launched a murder inquiry after the remains of a couple were unearthed in a back garden of a house in a quiet cul-de-sac.
Nottinghamshire Police believe the victims are William Wycherley, who would now be 100, and his wife Patricia, 79.
Their bodies were uncovered by officers who were led to the semi-detached house in Mansfield last week after a tip-off.
The couple moved in to the two-bedroom property at 2 Blenheim Close, Forest Town, in 1987, but vanished after 1998.
Post-mortem tests have been carried out on the bodies but have so far proved inconclusive.
Speaking at a press briefing in Nottingham today, Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said: "Whilst it's difficult to ascertain cause of death given the passage of time, the circumstances in which the skeletal remains have been found is suspicious and we have now launched a murder inquiry."
He added: "Insofar as suspects are concerned we are entirely open-minded but it's far too early in the investigation to be talking about suspects at this stage.
"The focus of the investigation is on the Wycherleys themselves and the goings on at 2 Blenheim Close back in the 1990s."
Neighbours last week said they believed the couple had emigrated after they vanished from the address in the 1990s.
One 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've 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."
However it has been reported that family members had been receiving Christmas cards signed "Bill and Pat" up until four years ago.