A manhunt is underway as police investigate two murders after discovering a man’s body at a flat in Coventry last night (26 October).

West Midlands Police have launched a hunt to find prime suspect Anthony Russell, who they believe is responsible for the killings of a mother and her son.
David Williams, aged 32, was found dead at a flat in Riley Square, Coventry at around 11:30pm. David was last seen on 20 October and then reported missing to us on Saturday evening (24 October).

Anthony Russell is wanted on suspicion of a double murder WMP
Anthony Russell is wanted on suspicion of a double murder

His mother, Julie Williams, aged 58, was found dead at her flat at Emily Smith House, also in Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday (25 October) after concerns were raised for her welfare.

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

Russell, aged 38, from no fixed address, but with links to Coventry, is now sought in connection with the two murders. It’s thought he could have travelled down south, possibly to Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall.

Julie Williams, 58, was found dead at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square in Coventry, on Sunday 25 OctoberWMP
Julie Williams, 58, was found dead at her flat at Emily Smith House, Riley Square in Coventry, on Sunday 25 October
David Williams, 32, was found at a flat in Riley Square, Coventry on 26 OctoberWMP
David Williams, 32, was found at a flat in Riley Square, Coventry on 26 October

Police are appealing for anyone with any information about his whereabouts to get in touch as a matter of urgency. According to the force, Russell is “considered dangerous so we’re asking you not to approach him but call us immediately on 999”.

A 36-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and is currently in custody.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from the West Midlands Police 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.”


West Midlands Police are urging anyone who knows of Anthony Russell’s whereabouts to call 999 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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