THE family of an Oldbury woman found dead in an apparent murder-suicide have described her as a perfect daughter and best friend.

Police have confirmed the identity of the two people found dead at their home in Pel Crescent after neighbours heard young children crying at the address.

Paul Lander, aged 30, and 26-year-old Rikki Lander were found dead in the property at around 2pm on August 5.

A family statement said: "Rikki was the perfect daughter and best friend. She was born to be a mom and was the best there is.

"She could light up a room with her infectious smile. She loved to dance and sing especially with the children. We are lost for words."

Post mortem examinations have been carried out which revealed Paul Lander died as a result of asphyxiation - consistent with hanging, however, the post mortem for his wife was inconclusive and further tests are required to establish a cause of death.

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro said: "We can now confirm we are treating this as a murder/suicide investigation.

"As we have previously stated we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this inquiry and our role is to now establish the facts of what happened in the time leading up to their deaths.

“The three children, who were present at the address when officers made the discovery, are being looked after by loved ones and will receive specialist support. Our thoughts are with them and their relatives at this sad time."