The bodies of a British couple were found in their home in Xalò on Sunday, according to police. The bodies of Peter and Jean Tarsey, both aged 77, were found at their villa on Sunday afternoon, the Guardia Civil said.

Police sources said that the couple were found by police after friends who saw them regularly reported they could not get in contact with them.

Local and national police forces entered their house to find the couple lifeless on their sofa with gunshot wounds and bullet casings on the floor. The two were found locked in each other’s arms, according to media reports. “It does not appear to have been suicide,” a spokesman for Spain’s Civil Guard said on Monday.“ Police found the door to the house open,” he said, and said the Civil Guard were not treating it as a robbery they had found the household intact.

“Investigations are continuing,” the spokesperson said, adding that police will not comment further until the postmortem had been carried out. A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of two British nationals in Alicante and said it would be standing ready to provide consular assistance if and when it was needed.

Spanish media reported that the town’s mayor said the couple had long resided in Xalò, also called Jalón (pictured above), which is located to the northeast of Alicante on Spain’s southeastern coast. The Costa Blanca is a popular destination for both British tourists and expats.

The couple reportedly have two sons, one living in Palma de Mallorca and the other in London. The sons have already been notified of the deaths.


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