A father suspected of shooting his wife and disabled daughter before killing himself inside their rented villa on the Costa del Sol left a note apologising for the crime, according to reports last night.
The dead man, named locally as Philip Wood, a British passport- holder born in Kenya, is thought to have killed his wife, Sheila, who had been ill, and his daughter Sophie, in her late 20s, and wrote that the burden of their care had become too much.
He is believed to have covered the bodies with a sheet and then shot himself with the same gun. The bodies were found by the landlord at the villa in the popular mountain town of Mijas, near Fuengirola, after he went to investigate because the rent had not been paid for some time.
A Malaga-based government spokesman said yesterday: "The bodies of three people with bullet wounds have been found at a house near La Cala de Mijas. One of the hypotheses being probed is that it was a double murder and suicide but autopsies will be carried out to establish more."
A spokeswoman for the Guardia Civil said: "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. …