Spain holiday hotspot horror: Pensioner, 80, shot dead on Costa Blanca

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Police in Spain have launched a murder investigation after the 80-year-old victim’s body was discovered just after 6.30pm on Wednesday in the city of Elche near Alicante, Costa Blanca. No arrests have yet been made.

Local reports said the unnamed woman had been shot at least three times at her home on a residential estate called Urbanizacion Torre Azul between Elche and the nearby town of Torrellano.

The victim is understood to have suffered gunshot wounds thought to have been fired from close range.

The horror unfolded when concerned neighbours are thought to have raised the alarm with police who found her body after a plumber went round for an arranged visit and got no answer when he knocked on the front door.


Local reports also said concerns were raised when neighbours reported hearing noises similar to gunshots. 

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “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 alarm was raised around 6.30pm yesterday/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.”

A source close to the investigation said the possibility she was shot by intruders in a violent burglary had not been ruled out.

Police have not confirmed if anything was missing from the crime scene.

A post-mortem is due to take place in Alicante in the coming hours.


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