Police in Mansfield say that it is increasingly likely that bones found in a Forest Town back garden are missing elderly couple Patricia and William Wycherley, following initial findings from bone analysis on the skeletons.
Further forensic examinations carried out this week, following a post-mortem last Friday, have revealed that of the two people found buried to the rear of 2 Blenheim Close, one was an elderly white man who was older than 60. He was well-built and between 5ft 7ins to 5ft 9ins tall.
The second set of remains is most likely that of a well-built white woman, who was aged 40 or older and 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall, police have revealed.
The second remains also have a distinctive feature in their anatomy which Patricia Wycherley also had. Police have not revealed the nature of this distinctive feature, and say that formal identification may take some time.
Results from a Home Office post-mortem examination which took place on Friday 11th October to establish cause of death are yet to be determined, police said.
In a seperate development, police are now appealing specifically for people who knew Patricia Wycherley, formerly Patricia Moore, to make contact.
Police confirmed that a murder investigation had been launched at a press conference on Tuesday after the ‘skeletal remains’ were discovered last week.
Acting on information from an undisclosed source, officers descended on the Blenheim Close property last Wednesday and spent two days excavating the rear garden.
Det Chief Insp Rob Griffin, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This latest development does further support our theory that the remains are those of the Wycherleys.
“Bill and Pat, who would be 100 and 79 respectively if they were to still be alive today, were known to be quite reclusive. But with help from relatives and old friends we are starting to build a picture of their lives and, more importantly, their movements in 1998, when neighbours say they simply disappeared.
“While we have learned some things about Bill, also known as Geoff, little is known about Pat. We believe her maiden name was Moore. Are you a relation of 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.”
If you have any information that may help the inquiry contact the incident room on 0115 844 5012 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
PICTURED: Det Chief Insp Rob Griffin appealing for information at a press conference this week.