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An apparent murder-suicide involving a family of three in Spain may be linked to the daughter's disability.
It is understood that a note left at a home where a man and a mother and her daughter were found dead, said the daughter's disability had become too much and had pushed them to the edge.
It is thought the note was written by the man, who is believed to be British, and has been named locally as Philip Wood.
Last night, a Guardia Civil spokeswoman said she could not confirm reports that the daughter had Down's Syndrome.
A family believed to have been part of a murder-suicide have been named locally as Philip Wood, his wife Sheila, and their daughter, Sophie.
Sophie and Mrs Wood have been confirmed as being Irish, although officials have so far been unable to confirm where in Ireland Mrs Wood comes from.
Police said they are working on the theory that the deaths, at a property on the Costa Del Sol, were a murder-suicide.
Officials are attempting to contact their next of kin.
Authorities have confirmed that a mother and daughter found dead in a Spanish apartment were Irish. The body of a man, who is believed to be British, was also found at the property on the Costa Del Sol.
Police said they are working on the theory that the deaths were a murder-suicide. It is thought the three died from gunshot wounds inflicted by one of the adults.
– Foreign Office spokesperson
We are aware of the tragic incident involving three British people in Spain, we are liaising closely with the local police and ready to provide contra assistance. We are waiting to reach the next of kin.
A police cordon sealed off the apartment in Spain where three members of a British family were found dead.
A man, a woman and a young woman, believed to be their daughter, were discovered in the property in Mijas, Fuengirola, by their landlord.
Three members of a British family have been found dead in a Spanish apartment in what police believe is a murder-suicide.
– Guardia Civil spokeswoman
The latest information we have is that the owner of the house had not heard from the family for a few days and had not been paid.
He went to the house today and when there was no reply at the door, he went inside. Inside he saw the man dead on the sofa and immediately called the Guardia Civil.
When officers inspected the house they found the wife and the daughter dead in a bedroom. The initial hypothesis at this early stage of the investigation is that this was a murder-suicide.
The Spanish website sur.es claims sources said the three found dead were a couple and their daughter, aged about 20-years-old.
ITV News cannot independently verify this information.
The Guardia Civil spokesman in Madrid has said police were awaiting more information from investigators before releasing further details after reports that three Britons have been found shot in southern Spain.
The spokesman said:
We have found three deceased and we are almost sure they are British.
We are waiting for information from the judicial police at the scene.
We are led to believe there were two adults and one younger person.