By ELOISE WALTON
AN AUSTRALIAN woman was found dead at her home in São Brás de Alportel on Thursday (March 20), at around 9.30am by one of her neighbours.
Comandante Guerreiro from São Brás de Alportel GNR told The Resident: “The lady was found dead by one of her teenage neighbours. There were traces of blood, however, there is no suspicion of murder.”
After the GNR were called to the scene, the Judicial Police (PJ) from Faro arrived to investigate the property. “They did not find any evidence of robbery or any other crime,” said Comandante Guerreiro.
He told The Resident that two ambulances arrived at the scene and determined that the woman, who was in her 40s, had died during the night, possibly as a result of a fall.
They covered up the body, which was found outside in the front courtyard, with a white sheet and left, while the PJ continued to investigate. Comandante Guerreiro said that the woman could have been “psychologically impaired” because she had suffered a car accident two days previously and was treated at Beja hospital.
Police are withholding the victim’s name until the relatives had been informed via the embassy but officers at the scene said that the victim had no known relatives in Portugal.
Comandante Guerreiro said: “We believe the deceased has two brothers in Australia. We will be notifying the Australian embassy.”
The Resident contacted the PJ on Wednesday but, at the time of going to press, they refused to confirm whether they were investigating the case.
The Australian Embassy in Lisbon told The Resident that they had been notified about the incident. A spokesman at the embassy said: “We cannot comment at all on this case at the present time.”
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