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Mum’s agony as bones discovered three miles from where missing ‘milk carton kids’ vanished in 1996

A MUM has revealed her agony after human bones were discovered three miles from where her 13-year-old son vanished with his pal in 1996.

Christine Harvey, 57, has spoken about how she will be glad to lay the boys to rest if forensic tests come back positive.

The site lies just 3 miles from where schoolboys Patrick Warren and David Spencer disappeared in 1996
Schoolboys Patrick Warren and David Spencer went missing in 1996 – but human remains have been found just three miles from where they were last spotted
Patrick Warren and David Spencer
Mums Christine Harvey, left, and Bridget Warren, right, appealing for information at the time of the boys’ disappearance
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Patrick, 11, and David, 13, went missing on Boxing Day in 1996 – and were dubbed the ‘milk carton kids’ as their photos were printed on bottles across the UK.

The milk was sold in 770 Iceland shops, thanks to a campaign ran by the National Missing Persons Helpline.

Human remains were found just three miles from where the kids were last seen earlier this month – sparking new hope that the boys’ mysterious disappearance may be solved after 24 years.

Cops launched a probe after the bones were found near a Land Rover factory in Solihull, West Midlands.

David’s mum Christine Harvey, 57, 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 new discovery.

She said: “I wasn’t capable of speaking to them myself.

Human remains have been discovered on land next to a huge car manufacturer
Human remains were discovered in Solihull, West Midlands, earlier this month
The youngsters, who went missing on Boxing Day 1996, were dubbed the 'milk carton kids' after their faces were put on bottles of milk in the hope that someone would come forward with information
The youngsters, who went missing on Boxing Day 1996, were dubbed the ‘milk carton kids’ after their faces were put on bottles of milk in the hope that someone would come forward with information

“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.

Initial images of the bones which were recovered from the site suggest that they come from two young boys, according to the Mail.

But concrete evidence has not been confirmed by officials.

And some relatives are already understood to have received messages of condolence, despite any confirmation.

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.”

The remains will be sent off for analysis
The remains have been sent off for analysis

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