Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was stabbed to death in the street in Solihull on Wednesday.
The woman, believed to be in her late 20s, was spotted lying in a pool of blood in Berkley Road, Shirley, just after 8am by a resident who alerted the police.
She was taken to Heartlands Hospital, but pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Police sealed off the junction of Berkley Road and Delrene Road all day while forensic experts and specialist police teams carried out a search.
Detective Inspector Iain Grant, of Solihull CID, said officers had been carrying out extensive house-to-house inquiries.
Police have not revealed details about the woman. They said they had recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, found in the road, but did not give further details.
The woman is believed to have been stabbed more than once before she died. A post mortem examination was scheduled for this morning to find more out about her death.
Det Insp Grant said the woman did not have any form of identification on her, and police were trying to find out whether she lived locally.
"A neighbour saw a woman lying on the floor at around 8.15am this morning and called the emergency services," he said.
"We found what we believe to be a weapon and it has now been sent off for forensic examination.
"I would appeal to anyone that was in the area who has any information who has not previously been spoken to by police to contact the Incident Room, Solihull police station on 0845 113 5000."