A 40-year-old British man died in Mijas Costa on Saturday after falling two and a half metres down a manhole on the side of the road. The events occurred next to the roundabout that leads from the AP-7 motorway to the Calahonda residential development.
A local who was walking through the area spotted the man and alerted the Local Police at around 5pm. The Guardia Civil, firefighters and paramedics all attended the scene but could only confirm the death of the man, with all initial signs pointing towards an accidental death.
Given the depth of the manhole, firefighters had to carry out a special operation in order to recover the body.
The relatives of the deceased, who he had come to Mijas from the UK to visit, also attended the scene and explained to officers that he had left their home in the early hours of the morning.
A blow to the head
Once recovered, the body was then taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine of Malaga (IML) for an autopsy which revealed that the deceased had suffered a severe blow to the head, with the trauma inflicted on the skull, likely to have been caused by the fall.
The man was apparently drunk at the time of his death and his body displayed no signs of violence, according to sources close to the investigation.
As for the manhole, Mijas town hall has confirmed that it is located on private property.