A manhunt is underway after the body of a young woman was discovered in a house.
The 19-year-old was found with fatal injuries at a property in Birmingham city centre this morning.
A man, said to be known to the victim, was seen fleeing the building shortly before emergency services arrived.
A cordon remains at the property while forensic investigations are underway.
Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from West Midlands Police, said: “This is a tragic death of a young woman with her whole life ahead of her.
“We are speaking to other residents at the multi-occupancy address and exploring CCTV to understand what has happened.
“We have a suspect who we are keen to speak to, who is thought to be known to the young woman.”
Emergency services raced to the scene after receiving a 999 call just after 6am.
The woman was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead.
A West Midlands Police spokesman added: "Searches are underway to trace a man seen leaving the building shortly before emergency services were called.
"He is believed to be known to the deceased."
Officers have sealed off the shared house to carry out forensic examinations.
Police flew a drone above the property and officers bearing firearms were seen scouring a back garden.
Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to an officer should contact police via Live Chat on their website or call 101 quoting log 765 of 31/7.
You can also speak to Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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