Expat couple were not murdered by robbers
5 January 2006, MADRID — Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly expat couple who were found in their retirement home.
5 January 2006
MADRID — Police are investigating the deaths of an elderly expat couple who were found in their retirement home.
John Boyle, 80, and his 88-year-old wife Mary, who moved to Spain from Britain 15 years ago, were found on the floor of their chalet in the resort of Benissa, north of Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca.
The BBC reported that at first it was believed the pair were the victims of an attack by intruders.
But officers said on Wednesday it appeared one of them was killed in a fall and the other died trying to help.
They are awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations to establish the exact cause of their deaths.
But authorities have said one theory is both died from heart attacks.
The bodies were found by police called by worried neighbours who had not seen the couple for about a week.
Police in the resort said despite earlier reports of a break-in, the door of their retirement home had not been forced.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said consular staff were making urgent inquiries into the incident.
Subject: Spanish news