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  • 2 July 2014, 16:05

Elderly Murder Victim Died From Head Injuries

An elderly woman whose body was found hidden inside her home died from head injuries suffered during a violent attack, police have revealed.

West Midlands Police said a man and a woman aged 32 and 24 were still being questioned about the murder of Cynthia Beamond.

The 80-year-old's body was discovered on Sunday following an extensive search of her semi-detached home in Howley Grange, Halesowen.

Her family had reported her missing two days before.

As well as establishing the cause of Mrs Beamond's death, detectives have now traced her T-registration Vauxhall Astra.

The vehicle was found in the Druids Heath area of Birmingham shortly before 3pm on Tuesday following a report from a member of the public.

Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, who is leading the investigation, said: "The public have been a great help so far but we still need to know where that car has been between Friday lunchtime and yesterday afternoon.

"We continue to question two suspects over Cynthia's death and significant inquiries continue after her car was recovered."

Mr Payne said officers have kept the family of Mrs Beamond, who lived alone, fully updated of the developments in the case.

He added: "Shocking crimes such as these are incredibly rare and we hope that local people will be reassured that we are doing all we can to find those responsible."

Anyone who can help establish the movements of Mrs Beamond's car is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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