Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after the body of an elderly man was discovered by police called to his home.
West Mercia Police said inquiries had established that 83-year-old Paul Cox, who lived alone at a house in Rednal, near Birmingham, had died as a result of an attack.
Officers have also confirmed that a Ford Focus belonging to Mr Cox was thought to have been taken from his driveway in Waseley Road between 7.30pm on Thursday and approximately 8am on Friday.
In a statement released by the West Mercia force, Chief Inspector Amanda Blakeman said: "We have established that Mr Cox was attacked and has died as a result of that.
"A murder investigation has been launched and we would appeal to anyone who has seen his missing blue Ford Focus, or knows where it is, to contact us as a matter of urgency."
Police, who were called to Waseley Road by a concerned neighbour, also want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity at or near the address
Chief Inspector Blakeman added: "We are currently conducting door-to-door inquiries and we would like to thank the public for their co-operation while this continues.
"We have also stepped up patrols in the area.
"I would like to reassure people that we will use all the resources at our disposal in order to find the person or persons responsible for this man's death."
Anyone with information about the blue Ford Focus, which has the registration MH05 DFN, is urged to contact the murder incident room at Redditch police station on 0300 333 3000.