Police say the killer of a 92 year old war veteran carried out his attack in a short time frame. A neighbour took a meal to the pensioner just a couple of hours before he was found murdered.
The attacker will have been heavily bloodstained and police say they may well have been trying to conceal the evidence of their attack from friends and family.
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Detective Superintendent Richard Baker from West Midlands Police has described William 'Bill' Davis as a "fiercely independent" father to two, grandfather to four and great grandfather to one:
Chief Inspector Mike O'Hara, from Walsall local policing unit, said: "We are providing essential patrols and reassurance to the local area and understand the devastating impact this can have on such a tight knit community.
Police say William Davis, who was 92, died as a result of serious head injuries. His body was found in Willenhall on Sunday evening.
A murder investigation is continuing today into the death of a 92-year-old "war hero".
The body of William Davis was found dead at a house in Willenhall in the West Midlands on Sunday evening.
He died as a result of serious head injuries, police said.
Local roads are still closed this morning as police continue their inquiries.
The results of a post-mortem examination are expected later.
Fisher Street closed in both directions due to serious police incident between B4464 Walsall Road and Birmingham Street. Hobley Street is also cordoned off as part of the investigation that continues following the incident that occurred on Sunday evening.
A murder investigation is underway after a 92 year old man was murdered in his home in Willenhall in the Black Country.
Detectives have this evening named the victim as William Davies.
Police investigating the murder of a Black Country pensioner have released a photo of the victim.
Police investigating the murder of a pensioner in Willenhall have released a photo of the victim.
Paramedics were called to an address in Willenhall just before 6.30pm on Sunday. William Davis, who was 92, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The exact cause of death is not as yet known.
Detective Inspector Gary Plant, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are still in the very early stages of our investigation, however the initial enquiries that have been made at the scene give us cause to treat this elderly man's death as suspicious.
"A team of officers will be operating in the community to speak to neighbours and residents who may have information to help our investigation, whilst local police will also be on hand to offer support and reassurance.
"We understand that this incident is likely to cause shock and upset in the community and we want to reassure people that we will be painstakingly working at the scene to determine exactly what has happened.
"We urge anyone who has information to come forward at their earliest opportunity."
The elderly man found dead in Willenhall has been named as William Davis aged 92.
A post mortem examination will take place to determine the exact cause of his death.
Detective Inspector Gary Plant, who's leading the investigation, said: "initial enquiries that have been made at the scene give us cause to treat this elderly man's death as suspicious"