British couple found at home in Sabinillas died of natural causes

Police supervise the removal of one of the bodies.
Police supervise the removal of one of the bodies. / SUR
  • The pair's son in the UK contacted a neighbour after he had heard nothing from his parents for several days and Guardia Civil officers entered the flat

The autopsy carried out on the bodies of a British couple found dead at their home in Sabinillas, Manilva, has concluded that they died of natural causes.

The bodies of the pair, who have been named only as Michael and Valetta, were found on Thursday last week in different rooms in their flat. Michael was 71 and Valetta 80, reports said.

The grim discovery was made after the couple’s son, who lives in the UK, had contacted neighbours as he had heard nothing from his parents in several days. A hairdresser who made home visits to Valetta then contacted the Guardia Civil.

When officers entered the property on Avenida de la Paz they found the bodies in separate locations and in an advanced stage of decomposition. It is thought that they had been dead for more than ten days.

Valetta’s body was found in the bedroom lying face down on the floor. Her husband was discovered near the sofa in the living room face up, according to sources.

Michael died first

During an initial inspection of the scene no signs of violence were detected, nor other evidence of the cause of death. The flat was locked from the inside, initially indicating that no third party was involved. The bodies were removed to Malaga for an autopsy.

Announcing results of the autopsy the following day, investigators confirmed their initial hypothesis of death from natural causes. They believe that Michael died first suddenly and that his wife, who had Alzheimer’s, passed away two days later due to some form of stroke.