Three members of a British family have been found shot to death in a rented villa near the Costa del Sol of Spain. According to reports, the husband of the family was found by the Guardia Civil dead on a sofa, while his wife and daughter were discovered in the bedroom of their apartment in Mijas, a popular resort, near Fuengirola.

Local police are trying to determine if the deaths resulted from murder or suicide. "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," a police spokeswoman stated. "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 Associated Press reported that the wife was an invalid, and the daughter, believed to be in her 20s, was disabled.