POLICE are investigating the deaths of two elderly British expats after their bodies were found within hours of each other in their Nerja home.
The alarm was raised after the couple’s children in the UK had failed to make contact with them for several days.
Fearing the worst, they contacted the local resident group of the San Juan de Capistrano de Nerja urbanisation to ask them to check in on the pair, with one of them suffering from cancer.
Upon entering the property, members from the group found the lifeless body of a 90-year-old man.
112 Emergency services were called before investigators confirmed they found no visible signs of violence, with all signs pointing to death by natural causes.
Several hours later, the man’s 84-year-old wife, who had been receiving support from the medical teams during the care for her deceased husband, was reported to have passed away too in the family home.
On returning to the scene, police found missing tablets, pointing to an apparent suicide.
Granddaughter of the couple, Bekki Forrest told the Olive Press she believes that their deaths were a sign of their lifelong devotion to each other.
“They took their own lives together as neither of them wanted to live apart.”
“Their love was so strong, and so was their courage.”
Neighbours spoke fondly of the couple, who had called the Axarquian town of Nerja their home for 20 years.
An autopsy is being carried out today at the Instituto de Medicina Legal de Malaga to confirm the causes of death.