Rochdale pensioner Vincent Kershaw 'killed two weeks ago'
A pensioner found murdered in his home was probably killed shortly after he was last seen more than two weeks ago, police have said.
Vincent Kershaw, 84, was found by police at a house on Willows Lane, Milnrow, on Sunday evening.
He died from head injuries following an attack described by detectives as "very brutal".
His body was found next to shopping he was seen buying on 4 October, officers said.
Mr Kershaw, who lived alone, was last seen on that day, first collecting his pension at Milnrow Post Office, in Dale Street, at 10:00 BST, and later buying groceries at Tesco Express, in Dale Street.
He was dropped off by a taxi outside his home at about 13:00 BST.
Det Ch Insp Peter Jackson said: "We are appealing to anyone in the area that might have seen Mr Kershaw then.
"His body was found at the side of his shopping bags and the receipt and shopping he did on Thursday 4 October, so we feel the attack occured shortly after he arrived home that day."
Mr Kershaw's body was discovered after neighbours, concerned they had not seen him, called police to the house on Sunday.
He was known to carry large quantities of cash and his wallet was missing, police added.
They have urged members of the community, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, not to openly display personal possessions.