British retirees are found dead in their Algarve home after the 83-year-old husband “fell when he found his wife was in trouble”.
- The bodies were discovered in the Portuguese city of Sao Bartolomeu de Messines
- The neighbors had sounded the alarm after the couple had not been seen in days
- The woman was found in her bed and the man is said to have fallen nearby
An elderly British couple were found dead in their Algarve home after their husband appeared to have fallen when he discovered his wife was in trouble.
The bodies of the 83-year-old man and the 75-year-old woman were discovered in the villa after worried neighbors sounded the alarm when the two Brits had not been seen in days.
Portuguese detectives do not believe it is a crime with no evidence of a break-in on the property in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines.
The woman was found dead in her bed. An autopsy should confirm whether she has ingested toxic substances or if there are any traces of a health problem.
“The man was a sick person who had been bedridden for some time,” the source said. “We suspect he noticed what happened to his wife, tried to get up and fell on the floor where he died.”
An elderly British man and an elderly British woman were found dead in their home in the town of SAo Bartolomeu de Messines (pictured), Portugal
The bodies were found in an Algarve villa in Bartolomeu de Messines
The police source added: “We received a call from one of their friends, neighbors who were also British, who had not seen them in a few days and were concerned.
Officials went there Wednesday evening to check and find the bodies. The woman was in bed and the man was on the floor in another room.
“We don’t believe there was a crime at that point. There are no signs of a break-in and all of your valuables in the villa were untouched. ‘
The alarm went off at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
It is believed that firefighters forced entry before police discovered the two bodies.
The source added: “Cash in the villa is kept safe so that it can be protected along with other valuables.
They have been deposited with a court in Silves so that their relatives can assert them.