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Bullet-ridden body found on water's edge in Mijas Costa was that of a Slovenian man, 20

Emergency services on the scene by the A-7 motorway.
Emergency services on the scene by the A-7 motorway. / FERNANDO TORRES
  • So far, investigators have not linked this death to the spate of fatal shootings on the coast in recent weeks believed to have been carried out by organised drug gangs

The Guardia Civil is investigating the death of a young man after the discovery on Wednesday morning of a bullet-ridden body on the edge of the sea next to the A-7 motorway in Mijas Costa.

The victim was reported to be a 20-year old Slovenian with a police record. He was spotted face down at the base of the low cliffs that run alongside the motorway.

The find was made near the bar at Peñón del Cura beach, the last stretch of coast before the border between Mijas and Fuengirola. Sources said that 15 spent bullet cases were found around the body, which had at least seven gunshot wounds, probably from an automatic weapon.

Fire crews were called to help funeral services remove the body from the difficult-to-reach position at the base of the cliff.

Meanwhile a Guardia Civil diving team and patrol boat scoured the water by the rocks looking for clues and investigators worked on land until mid-afternoon.

The alarm was initially raised by a passerby walking alongside the main road above at about 9 am, and the large emergency services' presence by the water's edge caused tailbacks on the A-7 as drivers tried to see what was happening.

Police have so far not linked this suspected murder to the recent killing spree on the Costa del Sol. In late October and November, four people were found dead in Mijas and Marbella in separate attacks linked to organised crime and drugs, although investigators say they are all unrelated.