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Cynthia Beamond's body 'carefully concealed' at home

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Media captionCynthia Beamond's body was well-hidden

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 80-year-old woman whose body was found "carefully concealed" at her home.

West Midlands Police said Cynthia Beamond was found after a search at her house in Halesowen on Sunday.

Det Supt Mark Payne said it was "imperative" Mrs Beamond's car, which is missing, was traced.

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Image caption Police are keen to trace Mrs Beamond's silver car

He said the murder could be the result of a bungled burglary, or a burglary could have been staged afterwards.

A 23-year-old woman and 32-year-old man were arrested on Sunday.

Mr Payne said Mrs Beamond was "a very independent lady" who lived on her own.

"Cynthia was a lively and vibrant member of the community and we have found no reason why anyone would want to harm her," he said.

'Horrific offence'

Mr Payne said the people arrested were not related to Cynthia but one of them was believed to be known to her.

"Clearly this is a horrific offence," he said. "This is a vulnerable elderly lady - albeit a lady who lived her life to the full - the family are obviously devastated."

He said officers were keen to trace her silver Astra car, as well as a television and red laptop missing from the Howley Grange address.

Det Supt 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."

Image caption Police carried out "meticulous" searches at Mrs Beamond's home

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