Two held after police find body of pensioner aged 80

Detectives have found the body of pensioner Cynthia Beamond after searching her address in Halesowen in the Black Country. Police searches of the address were sparked after the 80-year-old was reported missing.

Two people are being held by detectives this evening on suspicion of her murder; a 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman.

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.

– Detective Superintendent Tim Bacon

The body is yet to be formally identified and a post mortem will be carried out at the earliest opportunity. Police continue to appeal for information to find Mrs Beamond's car, a silver Vauxhall Astra registration T419 MDA.