Tyne & Wear

Francis Willis: Tests on garden remains show head injuries

A tent was erected in the back garden of the house
Image caption Police teams dug up part of Mr Willis's garden

Post-mortem tests on human remains found in the garden of a missing Tyneside pensioner's home have revealed the person died from head injuries.

Police said no formal identification had been made, but that the remains were likely to be those of Francis Willis, 85, last seen on 15 August.

His son, also called Francis Willis, 62, of Carr Hill, Gateshead, has been charged with his murder.

Police said tests showed evidence of "blunt force" to the victim's head.

Forensic tests are still being carried out at the home of Mr Willis Snr.

Mr Willis Jnr has been remanded in custody.

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