By Matthew Roscoe • 05 May 2022 • 23:07
UPDATE: Arrests made following death of 80-year-old British woman in Elche. Image: Policia Nacional
UPDATE 11.07 pm (May 5) – Police investigating the gunshot death of an 80-year-old woman in Elche, Spain on Wednesday, May 4, have made two arrests and released further information following the alleged crime.
National Police in Spain has confirmed that the victim was a British pensioner who had been living on her own in the municipality of Elche in Alicante. She had been found dead after being ‘shot three times’.
The elderly woman was found at a property in the Torre Azul urbanisation, in the Maitino district of Elche, near the business park of Torrellano, according to Spanish media reports.
Efe reported that it was a plumber who notified Local Police after going to the house at the woman’s request to do a job. When police arrived they found the Brit already dead and passed the case on to National Police.
The Daily Mail has reported that it was also the plumber’s eyewitness statement that led to the arrest of the two suspects.
According to the paper, a man and woman were arrested after they were spotted leaving the property in a black Peugeot 207 or 208 as the plumber arrived. Further reports suggest that it could have been a burglary gone wrong, although police have not confirmed this.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “We are aware of these reports but it is nothing we can comment on at the moment.
“We are keeping an open mind on the motive although we can confirm the fatal shooting is being treated as a murder at this stage. Suicide has been ruled out.”
Prior to the arrests, a spokesman for the National Police had confirmed that investigations had begun into the ex-pat’s death.
“We are investigating the death of a British woman who was shot dead at a property in Elche. We are investigating it as a murder and can confirm she was shot dead,” the spokesman said.
“The alarm was raised around 6.30 pm on Wednesday. She was 80 years old and lived alone.
“No arrests have yet been made and the investigation is ongoing. We are not in a position to discuss the possible motive at this stage.”
Despite the report from the Daily Mail, some Spanish news outlets have said that the woman was actually of German nationality and was the widow of a British man. She had lived in the urbanisation for more than 20 years, as reported by larazon.es.
ORIGINAL 10.55 am (May 5) – Spain’s National Police are investigating the death of an 80-year-old woman who was found dead with gunshot wounds inside a house located in the municipality of Elche in Alicante, according to Efe sources on Thursday, May 5.
The woman, apparently of foreign nationality, was found “already dead” on the afternoon of May 4, in a villa in the Torre Azul urbanisation.
According to early reports, police were alerted to the incident at around 6.30 pm. Neighbours reported that they had seen blood at the entrance to the house.
When police arrived and entered the property they found the woman dead.
According to the same sources, prior to the shocking discovery, several neighbours reportedly “heard detonations”. The body is believed to have “been shot three times”, the sources said.
The National Police in Elche opened an investigation to clarify the circumstances of the elderly woman’s death and, according to the sources consulted by Efe, no arrests have been made so far and the motive for the incident is still unknown.
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