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Body found 'is missing mother, 18'

An 18-year-old woman discovered dead in the front room of a house is believed to be a mother-of-one who went missing on Valentine's Day.

Police visited a house on Whateley Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, just after 11am on Wednesday, where a man was due to be arrested on suspicion of fraud.

They found the body, which is believed to be that of Nicole Cartmell, who has been missing from her home in Sandwell since February 14, a West Midlands Police spokesman said.

Two men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested in connection with the incident and are being questioned by detectives.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones said: "We are at the very early stages of this investigation. However, one strong line of inquiry is that the body is that of Nicole, who has been missing for the past fortnight.

"Nicole gave birth to a baby boy in January and her family have been very distressed since her disappearance last month.

"Specialist family liaison officers are supporting them at this difficult time. Anyone who knows Nicole, or who has information that may prove helpful to the inquiry is urged to contact us at their earliest convenience.

"Two men were arrested from the address on suspicion of murder and they are being questioned by detectives."

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