BONES found in Solihull on land off Damson Parkway, Solihull have been found to be between 134 and 208 years old.
The bones, found on November 4, immediately sparked a police alert.
Since their discovery various lengthy scientific tests have been carried out on the bones to establish exactly how long the remains have been there.
These tests, which carry a margin of error of 25 years either way, date the bones to up to 208 years old and as a result West Midlands Police say ‘they are therefore not linked to any of our current investigations’.
There had been speculation that the bones may have been those of David Spencer and Patrick Warren who went missing on Boxing Day 1996.
Police say they’ve updated the boys’ families with this information and their investigation into their disappearance remains open.
Prologis, the company who are developing the land, will now work with faith leaders and the Ministry of Justice to respectfully resettle the remains.
Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from WMP’s homicide team, said: “We’ve carried out extensive enquires and the bones have been carefully examined by specialists which have determined that they significantly pre-date the disappearance of the missing boys.
“Given the location of the find, we have kept the families of David and Patrick informed, but we told them we were not linking it with their children. They’ve been updated with this latest development.
“I’d like to thank Prologis for their patience and cooperation over the last six weeks. I do not underestimate the importance of their site or the work they are undertaking there.
“We remain committed finding what happened to David and Patrick -as we do all unsolved cases − and we’ll always follow up any potential fresh leads.
“The bones will now be respectfully resettled.”