David Gardner, in Los Angeles
Three of Michael Jackson's brothers are to seek permission to bury the King of Pop at his Neverland ranch, it is claimed.
The singer's final resting place remains a mystery a fortnight after he died at his rented home in Los Angeles.
Californian officials said creating a cemetery at the rural estate near Santa Barbara could take weeks.
But ABC news in America claimed a family source confirmed the brothers have begun a lengthy bid to establish a state-sanctioned burial ground on the 2,800-acre grounds.
Brothers Jermaine, Jackie and Tito have all visited Neverland since Jackson's death.
The family has refused to discuss the whereabouts of Jackson's body after Tuesday's public memorial.
Officials at Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the Jacksons held a private service on Tuesday morning, refused to comment last night on whether Jackson's body was being stored there while funeral arrangements were made. Speculation the star was laid to rest before the Staples Centre show was dismissed by family sources.
Coroner's officers suggested one reason for the delay may be that the Jacksons wanted to wait until tests on Michael's brain were completed before burying him.
Russ Heimerich, spokesman for the California State Cemetery and Funeral Board, wouldn't confirm whether or not the family had filed an application to build a cemetery at Neverland.
“The application is a confidential document,” he said.
It came as the producers of London's Thriller — Live musical announced plans for a worldwide tour. The West End show will begin a 12-month tour in Munich on 21 July.
Dates have been confirmed in Barcelona, Cologne, Zurich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Berlin.
The show will also visit most other European countries and America.