MURDER investigations are continuing following the death of a former soldier at a Yardley flat.
The body of Brian Farmer, aged 64, was discovered by police at a flat in Bakeman House, Coventry Road, at 6pm on Saturday.
The pensioner, who served in the Gulf War, spent 22 years in the Army with the Queens Own Royal Hussars before retiring as a Mess Sergeant.
Three people, a 17-year-old and two 39-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Forensic experts and a Home Office pathologist are still trying to establish how Mr Farmer, who lived alone, died and how long he was inside the flat before his body was discovered.
Det Insp Warren Hines, of Force CID, said: “Investigations are ongoing and we are appealing for people who may have known Brian and his movements to come forward.
“We believe his body may have been in the flat for some days before it was discovered and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen him in the days leading up to this.”
He added: “We believe Brian was well-known in the local community and was both distinctive and personable.
“We are trying to piece together what happened. We need to find out Brian’s movements and lifestyle and who he associated with.
“Mr Farmer served with distinction in the Army for 22 years. We owe it to Brian to find out what happened.
“If anyone saw anything suspicious or heard anything they should contact us.”
Call Force CID on 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.