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Willenhall murder: Police say killer left 'bloodstained'

The killer of a 92-year-old in the West Midlands may have left the scene "heavily bloodstained", police say.

Detectives have appealed for information relating to the murder of William Davis, found dead at his home in Hobley Street, Willenhall, on Sunday.

Police said initial indications from a post-mortem examination show Mr Davis suffered serious head injuries.

The house and area around Hobley Street and Fisher Street remains sealed off.

Image caption Police are treating the death of William Davis as murder

Supt Richard Baker, from West Midlands Police CID, said: "It's highly likely the person responsible may have left the address heavily bloodstained so we're appealing to anybody who has any information at all.

"It may be totally innocent but it may also be the missing piece that enables us to track down the offender or offenders."

He said Mr Davis had a son and a daughter and was a grandfather as well as a great grandfather and a decorated war hero.

Mr Baker said Mr Davis was last seen about lunchtime on 1 April in his garden.

He said: "We also know a neighbour spoke to Mr Davis at about midday and offered to make him some dinner that was taken around about 3pm or 3:15pm on Sunday."

"It was about 6pm when neighbours raised the alarm.

"This is an horrendous crime and the community of Willenhall is assisting us with our inquiries."

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