Strong public response to police appeal to catch murderer

Detectives hunting a man suspected of murdering a mother and daughter in Solihull say they have had a strong response from the public as they appeal for information to trace the killer.

Officers have named Janbaz Tarin as the man believed to be responsible for the murder of his ex-partner Raneem Oudeh and her mother Khaola Saleem who were found with fatal stab wounds outside an address in Northdown Road.

Teams have searched several addresses linked to the 21-year-old – an Afghan national – in Birmingham and seized computer equipment and mobile phones for analysis. The suspected murder weapon has also been recovered and a van seized for forensic examination.

Detective Insp Caroline Corfield, who is leading the investigation, said the force has received tens of calls from members of the public providing information and potential sightings. However, Tarin remains at large and she urged anyone with information to get in touch – and warned that anyone harbouring the murder suspect also faces being jailed. She said:

“We have a team of detectives working around the clock to try and trace the killer and get justice for Raneem and Khaola’s family. The response from the public to our appeal has been positive and we are following up all credible lines of enquiry.

"We need anyone with information on Tarin’s whereabouts to get in touch. This is a shocking, tragic case in which a young mum – who has a two-year-old son – and her own mother have both been murdered in cold blood.

“We need to trace the man responsible… he deserves no protection and anyone who may be shielding him through a sense of misguided loyalty needs to know they are committing an offence and will be prosecuted unless they come forward.”

A referral has been made to the Independent Office of the Police Conduct concerning West Midlands Police’s contact with this family. Following speculation over police contact with the victim on the evening, the force are clarifying the following points:

There were a number of calls from Miss Oudeh to police on Sunday evening and officers tried to physically locate her but were unsuccessful.

Furthermore, contact was being made to arrange to see Miss Oudeh and it was during this conversation that the situation quickly escalated and the call handler immediately dispatched officers to the location in Northdown Road where they arrived within minutes.

A forensic post mortem examination continues on the bodies of 22-year-old Raneem and her 49-year-old mother to confirm the precise cause of death. Anyone who sees Tarin has been asked not to approach him but to ring 999 immediately. 


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