Detectives investigating the double murders of a Birmingham couple found dead by their policeman son have ruled out gold robbery as a motive.
The revelation came as police were given extra time to question a man over the murders of grandparents Avtar Kolar and his wife Carole who were found dead in their home on Friary Road, Handsworth Wood, last Wednesday morning.
In the wake of the murders, there were fears among some residents that homes in the area were being targeted by violent thieves hunting highly valuable Asian gold.
But police said that, while there had been a rise in daytime burglaries across the region, the robbery of gold was not behind the tragedy.
“The robbery of gold was not a motive in this case,” a West Midlands Police spokesman said. Letters were being sent out to the public in the area to help tackle their fears.
The 37-year-old man still being questioned by detectives was arrested on Monday and was the third detained as part of the murder probe.
Officers were yesterday granted an extra 12 hours to question him.
The move gave them until the early hours of this morning to hold him before they had to charge or release him or apply to magistrates to detain him further.
The bodies of 62-year-old Mr Kolar and his 58-year-old wife were found by their son Jason after concerns were raised when they could not be contacted.
Detailed forensic post-mortem examinations carried out last week confirmed they both died after being repeatedly struck over the head with a blunt instrument.
A force spokesman said: “Detectives in Birmingham have been granted a further 12 hours to continue to interview a 37-year-old man in connection with the murders of Carole and Avtar Kolar.”