Perton murder: Hedges cut and high-rise flats searched as hunt for layby killer continues

Police investigating the murder of a woman who was set on fire in a layby have been scouring the block of flats where she lived and the fields near where she was found.

Police at Bridgnorth Road, bottom, and in Heath Town, top left, after the murder of Jomaa Jerrare. Photos: Tim Thursfield and SnapperSK
Police at Bridgnorth Road, bottom, and in Heath Town, top left, after the murder of Jomaa Jerrare. Photos: Tim Thursfield and SnapperSK

Jomaa Jerrare, a 52-year-old mother of one, was named by detectives on Thursday as the woman found dead in a layby next to the A454 Bridgnorth Road in the early hours of Monday.

Officers have pleaded with anyone who has seen Ms Jerrare in recent months to speak to them as they searched the high-rise building where she lived in Heath Town for evidence.

Detectives from Staffordshire Police were seen entering Hampton View on Woden Road on Thursday morning as officers from West Midlands Police kept the scene.

Police at the scene in Bridgnorth Road

A spokesman for the West Midlands force confirmed the 20-storey block of flats was Ms Jerrare's last known address.

Meanwhile the stretch of Bridgnorth Road in Perton where Ms Jerrare was found, which is around four miles away from her home, is expected to remain closed for several more days as specialist officers comb the nearby fields and hedges.

Ms Jerrare is believed to have been driven to the layby before being set on fire, but it is not yet known where she was killed.

Jomaa Jerrare was aged 52

A press conference was held at the scene on Thursday afternoon, where the road is covered in cuttings from hedges which have been stripped back to help the search teams.

Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm revealed that Ms Jerrare lived alone in Heath Town but had not been seen by her family for six weeks.

Det Supt Chisholm said she had lived a "chaotic" lifestyle involving substance abuse and it was important to find out who she had been with over the last few weeks.

The cause of Ms Jerrare's death has not been established despite a post mortem having taken place.

Police have also been searching the high-rise flats in Heath Town where Ms Jerrare lived. Photo: SnapperSK

Initially the body was believed to belong to a woman aged between her late teens and 30 and her ethnicity was not clear due to the severity of her burns.

Police are keen to hear from anybody who was in the Bridgnorth Road area in the early hours of Monday morning, as well as anyone who may have come into contact with Ms Jerrare in recent months.

A man arrested in Finchfield after being seen acting suspiciously near the scene has been released and eliminated from the inquiry after providing an account for his movements.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police or Crimestoppers.

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