Two held after pensioner found dead

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after police searching for a missing pensioner discovered a body at her home.

West Midlands Police said a body was found after an extensive search of Cynthia Beamond's home
West Midlands Police said a body was found after an extensive search of Cynthia Beamond's home

Cynthia Beamond, 80, from Howley Grange in Halesowen, West Midlands, was reported missing after she was last seen on Friday morning.

West Midlands Police said the body, which has not been formally identified, was found after an "extensive and thorough search" of Mrs Beamond's home.

A 23-year-old woman and 32-year-old man are being held on suspicion of murder.

Detective Superintendent Tim Bacon said: "Mrs Beamond's property has been searched by specialist officers in a bid to preserve as much evidence as possible.

"We continue to support Cynthia's family at this time and they have been kept fully updated of these developments."

A post-mortem examination will be carried out "at the earliest opportunity", police said.

Detectives are appealing for information to locate Mrs Beamond's car, a silver Vauxhall Astra with the registration T419 MDA.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.