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Cynthia Beamond murder: Police find missing car

Cynthia Beamond Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Cynthia Beamond was last seen on Friday morning

A missing car belonging to a murdered grandmother has been found.

Cynthia Beamond, 80, was found dead at her home in Halesowen on Sunday after a two-day search. Police said her body had been "carefully concealed".

Her Vauxhall Astra, which West Midlands Police said was "key" to its investigation, was discovered about 20 miles away in Druids Heath, on Tuesday.

A man, 32, and woman, 24, have been arrested on suspicion of murdering Mrs Beamond.

Police said her car was being "thoroughly examined" and appealed for the public's support in establishing its movements since Friday afternoon.

They said they had until Thursday to charge or release the suspects.

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Image caption Cynthia Beamond's silver Vauxhall Astra was found on Tuesday

Mrs Beamond was last seen on Friday morning and reported missing by her family later that night.

Her body was found at her home in Juliet Road on Sunday evening.

A post-mortem examination on Monday concluded Mrs Beamond had died as a result of head injuries suffered during a violent attack.

Det Supt Mark Payne said: "The public have been a great help in this investigation so far but we still need to know where that car has been between Friday lunchtime and yesterday afternoon."

He added the community was "upset and shocked" by Mrs Beamond's death.

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