Murder Detectives Find Car

2 August 2011, 11:38 | Updated: 12 August 2011, 17:34

Police investigating the murder of a 76 year old man, attacked with a blade, have found a car they were looking for.

The body of Karoly Varga (right) was found at his home in Cannon Street, Wellingborough, Northants on Saturday 30 July 2011.

Police appealed for information about an S-reg dark blue Peugeot 306, which was associated with Mr Varga's address in Cannon Street and had been offered for private sale.  It was recovered on Monday 1 August 2011 with the owner's consent. Officers are in the process of establishing whether it can be eliminated from their inquiries.

Mr Varga, who was known as Charlie, came to Britian from Hungary 30 years ago may have been attacked with a machete in his own home.

So far neither a murder weapon or a motive have been discovered.

The body of the 76-year-old, who grew potatoes in the front garden of his terraced house, was discovered by police officers on Saturday lunchtime.

Karoly Varga Murder

Relatives had raised the alarm after being unable to contact Mr Varga, who had two adult daughters and an adult son.

Forensic officers are continuing to work at the house, which is cordoned off at the back and front. Officers are examining CCTV footage in the area in the search for clues.

Detective Chief Inspector Kinchin refused to comment on local rumours that Mr Varga had been attacked with a machete. The post mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was head injuries inflicted by a bladed instrument.

One neighbour said: "The thought of someone murdering an old person in his home on his own is very frightening."

Another said: "I didn't really know him. He lived on his own. You would sometimes seeing him looking after his potatoes in his front garden - which is something unusual."

Maxine Ames, another resident said: "What reason is there to murder a 76 year old man? It is shocking."

Detective Chief Inspector Kinchin, went on: "Mr Varga was a very well-known figure in both the local and Hungarian communities, by both the young and old alike.

"The motive for this attack on him remains unclear. I would like to appeal to anyone with any information that may help us to come forward, particularly people who knew Mr Varga, so we can build-up a picture of his lifestyle and movements in the lead-up to his death.

"We know he helped Hungarian migrants to the town with documents and procedures. He helped Hungarian migrants establish themselves. If he heard people speaking Hungarian in the town he would go up to them and chat. He had a wide circle of friends.

"I am also very keen to establish the last sighting of him alive and the whereabouts of the murder weapon.

"I have a team of experienced detectives working on this case and can assure the communities of Wellingborough that we will do everything we can to bring the person or people responsible to justice."