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Police investigate deaths of elderly couple within hours of each other in Nerja home

The area where the couple lived.
The area where the couple lived. / E. C.
  • An autopsy was expected to shed light on the cause of death of the British couple, aged 90 and 84

Guardia Civil officers are investigating the case of an elderly married couple who died within hours of each other, in their home in Nerja.

The 90-year-old man and his wife, 84, were British and had lived in Nerja for several years.

They were both apparently oncology patients and lived by themselves in the property where they both died.

The first death was registered on Monday morning after the couple’s children, who are in the UK, had being trying to contact them for several days and eventually contacted the community of property owners.

The emergency services received a call at 9.30am on Monday and went to the property on the San Juan de Capistrano estate. According to sources, the man’s body showed no signs of violence and his death could have been due to natural causes.

Several hours later, however, officers were called back to the property, as the man’s wife, who had been accompanied since her husband was found, had also died.

Due to these circumstances both bodies were taken to the Malaga Forensics Institute where post mortem examinations were due to be carried out on Wednesday.

Sources had stated that the couple had expressed their intentions of taking their own lives. Initial findings point to the natural death of the man and the later suicide of his wife. Inside the property officers found morphine and a letter.

The British couple had lived in Nerja for 20 years. They were well-loved among their neighbours who remember them with affection.