Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of a husband and wife in their 30s who were found dead in the early hours of this morning at separate homes.

The body of 30-year-old James Barnes was found at his parents' home in Streetly in the West Midlands, while that of his 32-year-old wife, Amy was discovered 40 minutes later.

The woman's dead body was also found some 15 miles away in the Rednal area of Birmingham at their marital home.

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Police believe Mrs. Barnes was murdered on Cofton Park Close in Rednal before her husband killed himself in the garden of the £160,000 home on Linforth Drive in Streetly.

The couple lived in Rednall in a modern £190,000 semi-detached house, where they were described by neighbours as “a perfectly normal and friendly couple.”

It is reported that less than three hours before he allegedly slaughtered his wife, Mr. Barnes updated his Facebook profile picture to one of the 3-year-old couple on their wedding day.

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Tributes are already trickling in from friends as one of them named Caz Goodwill wrote below the photo this morning, “My heart goes out to you, James.”

The post got a response from Vicky James, who claimed she was a family member,saying “Thank you everyone - devastated.”