A Birmingham man found dead at a disused factory in the Black Country was set up to be murdered at the scene, police believe.
Leon Robinson’s body was found by a member of the public at the building in Foundry Lane, Smethwick, at about 11am last Thursday.
The 33-year-old died of a single gunshot wound to the head but officers have yet to identify a motive for the killing.
Police said forensic examinations of the scene suggested Mr Robinson, known to his friends as Bucky, was killed at the factory on the night he went missing – and he had probably been led there.
He had clambered through the front of the factory and fencing had been bent back, allowing him to reach an enclosed yard.
His body was discovered there 11 days after his mother, Vivette Robinson, reported him missing from his home in Rubery.
Acting Det Chief Insp Wayne Jones, from Force CID, said: “We believe Leon would have been with somebody on the night he was killed,”
“It really is a desolate place so he would have no reason to be there unless he had been told to go there.
“Maybe this other person has not come forward so far through a mistrust of the police or for fear of their own safety, but we are appealing for them to come forward.
“They really could hold the key to the case.
“Finding out what led them to come to this disused factory will hopefully lead us to the killer or killers.
“Who was he with and why did he come here that night? Has he been set up or was it somebody else in his group that was set up?
“It’s a targeted attack - it’s not like Leon may have been hit by mistake.”
Mr Jones said the probe into Mr Robinson’s disappearance was stepped up when his “beloved” Audi A2 car was found in Winson Green the day after he was reported missing.
Anyone with information is asked to call CID at Harborne police station on 0345 113 5000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.