Human bones found are NOT ‘milk carton kids’ missing since 1996 as mystery deepens

HUMAN remains found during building work near a Land Rover plant are not thought to be those of two schoolboys who went missing in 1996, cops have said.

Close friends David Spencer, 13, and 11-year-old Patrick Warren were last seen on the outskirts of Birmingham on Boxing Day – and were dubbed the "milk carton kids" as their photos were printed on bottles across the UK.

A probe was launched near the Land Rover factory earlier this month after the remains were found – just three miles from where the schoolchildren were last seen in 1996.

But, West Midlands Police confirmed today that the bones are not thought to match the youngsters age and may predate the boys' disappearance.

Cops said: "Bones on land off Damson Parkway, Solihull, found on Wednesday November 4 are not thought to be those of David Spencer and Patrick Warren, who went missing on Boxing Day 1996.

"Various scientific tests are required to establish exactly how long the remains have been there, which will take several weeks.

"The bones are not believed to be those of boys of David and Patrick's age and we are not currently linking the find to any other existing criminal investigation."

They added: "We suspect that the bones may predate the disappearance of the boys.

"Given the location of the find, we have kept the families of David and Patrick informed but have told them we are not linking it with their children."  

David's mum Christine Harvey 57, said she would've been glad to lay the boys to rest if the forensic examinations came back positive.

She told the Mail: "If it is Paddy and David then I'm just glad to be able to lay them to rest.

"Hopefully, we can bury them together — have a double funeral."

Mrs Harvey was too emotional to speak when cops knocked on her door following the discovery.

She said: "I wasn't capable of speaking to them myself.

"They told my son that it would be a few weeks before we know for certain that the bones belong to our sons."

The devastated mum also added that she was always so close to her son David, and she knew something was wrong when he went missing.

Patrick's mum Bridget Warren sadly passed away from cancer five years ago – without ever finding out what happened to her youngest son.

Construction workers made the grim discovery earlier this month, and police confirmed that the bones would undergo forensic and archaeological analysis.

It was reported that officers have previously searched in the area where the bones had been found in connection with the disappearance of schoolboys David, 13, and Patrick, 11.

After the initial discovery, a West Midlands Police spokesperson said: "We’re investigating after human remains were discovered on land off Damson Parkway, Solihull.

"The area has been cordoned off for further searches to be carried out.

"The bones will undergo forensic and archaeological analysis.

"There is no information linking them to a criminal investigation at this stage."

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