Daughter and son-in-law of elderly couple found buried in their back garden are charged with murder
The daughter and son-in-law of an elderly couple whose bodies were found buried in their back garden have tonight been charged with murder.
Susan Patricia Edwards, 55, and Christopher John Edwards, 57, have each been charged with two counts of murder after the deaths of William and Patricia Wycherley.
Nottinghamshire Police said remains found buried in the garden of a house in Forest Town, Mansfield, on October 9 are believed to be those of the couple. They went missing in 1998.
Post mortem results revealed they both died as a result of being shot.
Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher were arrested at St Pancras International railway station in London on Wednesday evening on suspicion of murder.
A murder inquiry was launched after the bodies were unearthed in the back garden of the semi-detached house following a tip-off to the police.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Following an examination of the remains, discovered in the back garden of a house in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, on Wednesday 9 October 2013, a Home Office pathologist has determined that both people died as a result of being shot.”
Officers have said Mrs Wycherley is believed to have been born in Fulham, west London, and would now have been 79. Her husband would have been 100.
Nottinghamshire Police said results from bone analysis have shed further light on the remains.
One of the bodies is believed by experts to be that of an elderly white man who was older than 60, well-built and around 5ft 8in.
The second set of remains is likely to be that of a well-built white woman, who was 40 or older and around 5ft 6in.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, who is leading the inquiry, previously said the findings support the theory that the remains are those of the Wycherleys.
He said: “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.”