Manhunt for ‘extremely dangerous’ murder suspect after ‘third body found’

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Detectives hunting for a double murder suspect are investigating the discovery of a third body.

The force said at about Noon today (October 29) officers found the third body on Newbold Comyn near Leamington.

West Midlands Police say they are trying to establish whether the find is linked to Anthony Russell – who is being sought in connection with the deaths of David Williams and Julie Williams.

Mr Williams was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday. It was a result of the search for him that led to the discovery of the two bodies.

Mr Williams, 32, and his mother Julie, 58, were found dead in Riley Square, Coventry at around 11:30pm on October 26.

The causes of their deaths have not yet been established, and post-mortems are due to take place in due course.

Russell, 38, is considered to be extremely dangerous and police warn he should not be approached.

ACC Jayne Meir said: “I can’t stress enough how important it us that we find and arrest Russell, and we really need the public’s help to do that.

“Anyone who knows where he is or sees him should not approach him, but call 999 immediately.

“We know he sometimes sleeps rough, and is a drug user."

“It’s early in the investigation," she added, "but we have information to suggest that Russell may be linked to the death of the woman found near Leamington today.

“We are working hard to identify her, and to find and arrest Russell.”

Russell, aged 28, from no fixed address, but with links to Coventry, is currently being sought in connection with the two murders.

It’s thought he could have travelled to the south or south-west, possibly to Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall.

A police spokesman added: "We’re appealing for anyone with any information about his whereabouts to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

"Russell is considered dangerous so we’re asking you not to approach him but call us immediately on 999."

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from West Midland Police's homicide team, said: “These deaths are very sad and my thoughts are with David and Julie’s family at this difficult time.

He added: “Our investigation continues at significant pace but we need to find Russell as soon as possible. I’m urging anyone with information about where he is to get in touch with us straight away.”

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