Human bones are found at farmer's marital home 37 years after his wife vanished: Police make gri
Human bones have been found at a farmhouse – 37 years after the mysterious disappearance of the farmer's wife who lived there.
Police went to the property at the weekend after the grim discovery.
Villagers said body parts were discovered in a bag in a cesspit being drained during routine maintenance.
The farmhouse on the outskirts of Kempsey, Worcestershire, is less than eight miles from the site where police have been digging for estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, who vanished 33 years ago.
But while West Mercia Police said it was too early to rule out a connection to the Lamplugh case, the force said it had no evidence to suggest a possible link.
Instead, officers are said to be looking at the possibility that the bones were those of the farmer's wife, named locally as Brenda Venables, who vanished from the address in 1982.
Police confirmed it was a 'line of inquiry' but said they were waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination later this week.
Mrs Venables and husband David, who is now 86 and still lives in the area, ran a nursery on the site, while Mr Venables was said to have a piggery nearby. They were not thought to have any children.
Mr Venables declined to comment yesterday. As he returned to his £300,000 bungalow after taking rubbish to the tip in his car, he said: 'I have nothing to say on the matter.'
A relative of Mrs Venables said: 'We have had no developments for 37 years. To suddenly be confronted with this major development is quite a lot to process.'
They added: 'Brenda's bank account remained untouched and there were no positive sightings of her after she disappeared.'
One local said: 'When the wife disappeared it was big news here. Police searched my outbuildings and deployed tracker dogs. There was a suggestion that she may have ended up in the River Severn, which is only a few fields away from their farmhouse.'
After the disappearance of Mrs Venables, the case was treated as a search for a missing person and did not become a murder inquiry.
Mr Venables was never arrested in connection with his wife's disappearance, according to relatives.
He sold the farmhouse to a relative for £467,000 five years ago and now lives in a bungalow around a mile away.
Some years ago Mrs Venables's name was added to her parents' gravestone at St Michael's church in Rushock, recording her year of death as 1982.
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