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  • 3 July 2014, 7:21

Cynthia Beamond Murder: Pair Due In Court

Two people are due to appear in court charged with the murder of an elderly woman who was found dead in her home with serious head injuries.

The body of Cynthia Beamond was discovered following an extensive search of her semi-detached home in Howley Grange, Halesowen, on Sunday.

Mrs Beamond, who was 80, had been reported missing by her family two days earlier.

The two accused have been named as Leo Barnes, 32, from Balsall Heath, and Chantelle Moran-Stokes, 24, from Darlaston.

The pair, who were arrested on Sunday, are due to appear at Dudley Magistrates' Court.

Barnes has also been charged with a second murder in north London on June 28.

The body of his alleged victim, 67-year-old Philip Silverstone, was found on Monday morning at Spencer House in Belsize Park.

West Midlands police have appealed for information about Mrs Beamond's T-registration Vauxhall Astra, which was found in the Druids Heath area of Birmingham on Tuesday afternoon.

Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, who is leading the investigation into her murder, said: "The public have been a great help so far but we still need to know where that car has been."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.