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Murder Hunt After Bodies Found In Garden
Police have launched a murder inquiry after the skeletal remains of a "reclusive" couple were unearthed in the garden of a Nottinghamshire house.
Officers believe the victims are William Wycherley and his wife Patricia, who "vanished without trace" from their home in a quiet Mansfield cul-de-sac in the late 1990s.
They were discovered by officers who were led to the semi-detached house last week after a tip-off.
Post-mortems have been carried out on the remains but have so far proved inconclusive.
Mr Wycherley, who would now be 100, and his wife, who would be 79, moved into the house in 1987, but disappeared some time after 1998.
At a media briefing, Detective Inspector Rob Griffin said: "Whilst it is 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.
"Insofar as suspects are concerned, we are entirely open-minded, but it is 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 number 2 Blenheim Close back in the 1990s."
He said the couple had been reclusive and that police desperately needed people to come forward with information.
It has been reported locally that a family member had been receiving Christmas cards signed 'Bill and Pat' until four years ago.
One neighbour is quoted as saying he thought they had emigrated.