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Police name Oldbury couple in apparent murder-suicide

West Midlands Police have today named a couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide in Oldbury on Saturday (5 August).

Paul Lander, aged 30, and 26-year-old Rikki Lander were found dead at their home on Pel Cresent by officers just after 2pm.

A neighbour had alerted the force after hearing the cries of young children at the address.

Post mortem examinations have been carried out which revealed Paul Lander died as a result asphyxiation - consistent with hanging, however, the post mortem for his wife was inconclusive and further tests are required to establish a cause of death.

Family tribute: "Rikki was the perfect daughter and my best friend. She was born to be a mom and was the best there is. She could light up a room with her infectious smile. She loved to dance and sing especially with the children. We are lost for words."

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro said: "We can now confirm we are treating this as a murder/suicide investigation.

"As we have previously stated we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this inquiry and our role is to now establish the facts of what happened in the time leading up to their deaths.

“The three children, who were present at the address when officers made the discovery, are being looked after by loved ones and will receive specialist support. Our thoughts are with them and their relatives at this sad time."

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