Human remains discovered at Chelmsford address

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Detectives investigating the deaths of a man and a woman in Chelmsford have confirmed the remains of two people have been located.

On Wednesday September 13, police received reports of concerns for the welfare of two people aged in their 70s.

This led officers to an address in Pump Hill, Chelmsford, where investigative work is ongoing.

The remains of two people have now been recovered from the address.

Although formal identification is yet to take place, Essex Police believe these to be the remains of John McCullough, and Lois McCullough, both aged in their 70s.

Officers are continuing to search addresses in and around Pump Hill.

The family, who are being supported by specialist officers, have said: “We are deeply shocked by their deaths and ask for privacy at this difficult time.”

Virginia McCullough, 35, of Pump Hill, Chelmsford, has been charged with their murder.

She appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 18 and was remanded in custody until a further hearing at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This continues to be an incredibly complex investigation.

“Our work will continue throughout the coming days, as specialist officers and staff continue to piece together all elements of this matter.

“Officers will carry out work at addresses in Pump Hill throughout the coming days.

“I would continue to urge against speculation as these enquiries continue.

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