Reward of £10,000 to help catch ‘vile’ killer

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A LARGE cash reward has been offered to encourage people to come forward with information about the “atrocious” murder of a couple found dead in their home.

Crimestoppers described the killing of Avtar Kolar, 62, and his wife Carole, 58, as a “vile crime” and put up a reward of up to £10,000 for details leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

The couple were found dead at their semi-detached home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, by their son Jason Kolar, a serving police officer, who had gone to the property to check on them on Wednesday morning after family members had been unable to make contact.

Post-mortem examinations were completed yesterday but West Midlands Police said the findings would not be disclosed until today after they had been discussed with family members.

Pauline Hadley, West Midlands regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This is a vile crime where two people have been murdered and their family and community have been left in shock.

“Those responsible for this must be brought to justice and I would urge anyone with information that might help to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Detective Superintendent Richard Baker, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank Crimestoppers for offering this reward and say again that local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible tragedy.”

Detectives are looking into a number of lines of inquiry, including a rise in burglaries and gold thefts in the area.

Mr Baker said a possible link between Jason Kolar’s position with the force and his parents’ death was “not a significant line of inquiry”.

He said: “Clearly his role as a police officer has established himself as a line of inquiry but what I can say at this time is there is nothing to suggest at all that Jason’s role as a police officer has anything to do with the motive in relation to this investigation.”

Anyone with information to assist the inquiry is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact the charity online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.