West Midlands Police has launched an investigation after missing man Tanveer Iqbal was found dead in the boot of his Renault Clio. The 33-year-old was discovered in the vehicle parked in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham on Monday afternoon (1 February).
Iqbal was reported missing at around midday after not being seen since closing his shop – Hi-Tech Music on Shireland Road, Smethwick − on Sunday evening. Urgent enquiries led police to Portland Road where Iqbal's body was found inside the boot of his car just before 2pm. His death is being treated as suspicious.
Officers immediately cordoned off the area between City Road and the Ridgeway and the vehicle was subsequently removed from the scene for forensic examination. A forensic post-mortem is due to take place on Tuesday afternoon (2 February) and enquiries are ongoing at the scene.
Detective Inspector Paul Joyce is currently leading the investigation. He said: "We're working around the clock to try and piece together events leading up to this man's death.
"Portland Road is likely to remain closed until later today while my team continues to carry out an important forensic examination at the scene. If anyone has any information which they think may assist me with this investigation, I would urge them to get in touch as soon as they can.
"I am particularly keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen Mr Iqbal between closing his shop in Smethwick on Sunday night and the time he was discovered at lunchtime on Monday." Police can be contacted on 101 or information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.