Manhunt for ‘dangerous’ double murder suspect as mum and son die 24 hours apart

Police have launched a manhunt for a double murder suspect after a mum and her missing son were discovered dead 24 hours apart.

Anthony Russell, 28, is being hunted in connection with the brutal deaths of Julie Williams, 58, and her 32-year-old son David.

Julie was found murdered in her flat just before 11pm on Sunday, October 25, after concerns were raised about her welfare.

Police and paramedics dashed to the apartment in Emily Smith House in Riley Square Coventry where they found her body.

On Monday, October 26 – yesterday – detectives launched an urgent appeal to find David, who lived with his mother at the flat, and confirmed he was not a suspect in the murder.

He had not been seen since last Tuesday, October 20, and was reported missing on Saturday evening, October 24 – the day before his mother was found dead.

Today West Midlands Police revealed David’s body had been discovered at a flat in Riley Square, Coventry at around 11.30pm on Monday, October 26 – 24 hours after his mum was found dead.

The cause of both of their deaths are yet to be established and post-mortems are due to take place in due course.

Police say they believe Russell, of no fixed address, but with links to Coventry, is responsible for both murders and officers are urgently trying to track him down.

West Midlands Police said he is considered dangerous and members of the public are urged not to approach him but to dial 999 immediately if they come across him.

It is thought Russell could have travelled down south – possibly to Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall.

A 36-year-old man has already been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and remains in custody being quizzed by officers.

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

“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.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, or call 101, quoting log number 2265 of October 25.