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Halesowen pensioner’s missing car found as murder inquiry continues

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Police investigating the murder of Halesowen pensioner Cynthia Beamond have thanked the community for their help and co-operation after her missing car has been located.

Cynthia’s T registration Vauxhall Astra was found in Druids Heath just before 3pm yesterday (Tuesday) following a report from a member of the public.

The car was recovered and is currently being thoroughly examined. Detectives are still asking for the public’s help to establish the car’s movements since Friday lunchtime until yesterday afternoon.

Two people – a 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman – remain in custody as detectives have been given further time to question the pair. Detectives have until Thursday (3 July) to charge or release the pair.

Mrs Beamond was last seen on the morning of Friday 27 June and reported missing by her concerned family later that night.

Officers immediately began searching for the 80-year-old and her body was found at her Howley Grange home on Sunday evening.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Monday to determine an exact cause of death, which concluded that Mrs Beamond had died as a result of head injuries suffered during a violent attack.

Detective Superintendent Mark Payne is leading the murder investigation. He 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.

“We continue to question two suspects over Cynthia’s death and significant enquiries continue after her car was recovered yesterday (Tuesday).”

Local officers are out and about in the local community to provide reassurance and support to residents concerned and distressed by the events of the last few days.

Det Supt Payne added: “Cynthia was a very independent lady, who lived on her own. We continue to work closely with Cynthia’s family at this time and they have been kept fully updated of these developments.

“Equally, the local community are upset and shocked by what has happened and we are working to ensure that residents are kept informed of developments.

“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 with information on the car’s movements is urged to contact police on 101.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.