Appeal to trace murder suspect as woman found dead at West Brom home is named

West Mids murder cops are hunting for the ex-partner of a woman found murdered in her West Bromwich flat on New Year’s Eve.

Officers forced entry to her maisonette in Wyndmill Crescent – on the Charlemont Farm estate – at around 2am on 31 December and found the body of June Jones, aged 33.

A forensic post mortem conducted yesterday did not reveal the medical cause of death. However, there was evidence of a ‘sustained and brutal assault with a weapon’ and police have confirmed the death is being treated as murder.

June Jones and her ex-partner, Michael Foran

June Jones and her ex-partner, Michael Foran

Officers have been hunting Michael Foran, aged 32, since then. He travelled to Liverpool in the aftermath of her disappearance, and officers have today released CCTV images of him leaving West Bromwich on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, further CCTV images show him at an Esso garage in the Anfield area of the city.
This afternoon detectives have arrested a 34-year-old man from the Charlemont Farm area on suspicion of assisting an offender. He’s currently in custody awaiting questioning.
Michael Foran is seen on CCTV on New Year's Day at an Esso in Anfield

Michael Foran is seen on CCTV on New Year’s Day at an Esso in Anfield

 

Det Insp Warren Hines, from force homicide, said:

“We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances around the tragic death of June, and urgently need to trace Michael Foran.

“We have had officers in Liverpool searching for him for the past few days, and are now appealing for the help of the public.

“Michael Foran is a dangerous individual. If he is spotted, we need people not to approach him but to phone 999 immediately.”

Michael Foran seen in West Bromwich on New Year's Eve

Michael Foran seen in West Bromwich on New Year’s Eve

 

In a statement, June’s family said:

“We’ve been left completely devastated by June’s death. We now need anyone who knows where Michael is to get in touch with the police as soon as possible.

“If he sees this appeal, we’d appeal to him directly to do the right thing and go to the nearest police station and hand himself in.”

The property was sealed off to allow for forensics experts to examine the scene and officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries.

As is standard procedure in such missing people enquiries, West Midlands Police has referred the incident to the IoPC.

Anyone who sees Foran has been asked to ring 999. Anyone with other information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log 26/12.

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