Murder team's 'burglary theory' after Chittering death
Detectives believe distraction burglars may have tricked their way into a Cambridgeshire home where a 76-year-old man's body was found.
The body of Llwelyn Thomas was found after police were called to his home in Ely Road, Chittering, just after midday on Sunday.
Det Supt Jeff Hill said one line of inquiry was that Mr Thomas died in a burglary which went wrong.
He said: "Mr Thomas died following a brutal attack in his own home."
A post-mortem examination found he died from injuries to his face and head but it was not clear if he had put up a fight, the detective said.
"It's a strong possibility offenders may have tricked their way into his house with a view to stealing valuables inside but instead ended up bludgeoning him to death," he added.
Mr Hill said officers were working to establish if anything had been stolen from the house during the burglary, believed to have happened on Saturday.
He said valuables, which would normally have been taken in a burglary, were left behind.
The suspects made off in a silver Rover car which they stole from the house. It was later recovered in nearby Milton.
The car was not roadworthy and would not have been capable of speeds above 30mph. Mr Hill said it would have made a great deal of noise as it fled.
Detectives are keen to speak to anybody who saw the car.
Witnesses have since come forward saying they saw an unfamiliar black car parked outside the house on Saturday. Detectives believe this may be linked to the crime.
Mr Hill said: "We strongly suspect that more than one person was present at the house when Mr Thomas was murdered.
"I would appeal to anyone present when Mr Thomas was assault to come forward. It is very much in your interest to tell us what happened as soon as possible."
Mr Thomas, originally from South Wales, was a retired farmer who moved to Cambridgeshire 12 years ago.
He was a widower with one adult son and no grandchildren.