Police are hunting the killers of an elderly church-going couple found dead in their home on Good Friday.
The bodies of Guiseppe Massaro, 80, and his wife, Caterina, 77, were discovered by a family member who visited them in their terrace home in Woden Road, Wolverhampton.
Supt Mark Payne, of Wolverhampton police, said: 'Their family are devastated. We will find whoever did this. It's a major investigation.'
They were found by a close relative in the Park Village area of the city.
He said they were investigating a 'complicated' crime scene and could not yet say how the couple died.
But officers are working on the theory they were killed in their home during a robbery
The couple's stolen black Peugeot 307 car was found abandoned half a mile away.
Detectives are studying CCTV footage along the route the stolen car may have taken, from the couple's home in the Heath Town district of the city.
Police said the couple had lived in the street for a number of years and moved to England from Italy in 1960. They had two children and a number of grandchildren.
A spokesman said the families of the two people had been informed. He added family liaison officers were in place and supporting the family.
Post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course.
Officers said the couple's car had since been recovered in Tithe Croft, Wednesfield but detectives are keen to find out where itwas on Thursday or Friday. Police said they are looking into whether its disappearance was linked to the double murder.
Superintendent Mark Payne, of Wolverhampton local policing unit, said: 'Our thoughts are with the family of this elderly couple, and the community in which they lived.
'We are going to do everything that we can to find those responsible as quickly as possible.
'This is a major investigation with a number of extremely fast inquiries currently being undertaken.
'I would particularly appeal to anyone who may have seen this car or seen people coming or going from this address at Woden Road on Thursday or Friday.
'Tragedies like this are extremely rare but have enormous impact.
'Local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible tragedy.
'If you believe that you have any piece of information that may help our inquiries, I would ask you to call us as soon as possible.'
The terraced house was cordoned off yesterday with a police officer outside as detectives carried out house-to-house inquiries.
Sarah Roberts, 61, who lives a few doors down and has lived on the street for 26 years, said she thought the couple were Italian and had lived in the street for around 30 years.
'They were both Italian, they have lived here for so many years, about 30 or 40,' she said.
'I knew him as Joe but I didn't know her name.
'They were very friendly, kept themselves to themselves which everybody does.
'I only spoke to them a couple of days ago and he wished me well.
'He used to walk up and down and go to the shops.'
She said the news was shocking, adding: 'Nothing that serious has happened in this road.
'It's really scared me.'
Mrs Roberts added: 'Health-wise they were lovely.
'She didn't speak much English, although she was really friendly.'
Neighbour Justin Greenwood, 46, said: 'I didn't know them well but they were a very nice couple.
'They were Italian, I knew them to say hello in the street and pass the time of day.
'He was a nice old guy, she was a nice lady.
'They were always out and about, they seemed to live outside, maybe a continental way of life.
'They were either in the back garden or the front, they were just a lovely couple.'
He said the first they knew of the murder was when an ambulance and police cars arrived last night.
'We're just in a state of shock to be honest, we didn't know them well but it's almost like you have lost somebody.'