Cause of death is unknown
The body of a 27-year-old British man was found this Wednesday morning (October 11) at the Armona-Ria beach in Olhão.
According to the National Maritime Authority (AMN), the body was spotted at around 8am by someone passing nearby who alerted the authorities.
The cause of death is unknown, although the body was found with blood.
“Upon arrival at the scene, it was observed that the body was in a prone position, and there were vestiges of blood on the head,” AMN said in a statement, adding that PJ police are investigating.
The death was pronounced at the scene by the local health delegate, and after contacting the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the body was transported to the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Faro.
British tabloid Daily Mail has described the victim as a “27-year-old backpacker” who was “seen eating dinner in a restaurant on the island the night before with no sign he was in trouble or ill”.
“He appeared to be a traveller because of the rucksack he had with him among other things, which was one of those large ones often used by backpackers. Several people were interviewed on the island by police investigators. Everything points to the man having gone into the water that night,” the tabloid’s sources claim.
“Only an autopsy will now be able to clarify what happened, whether he was the victim of a sudden illness, or if he hit his head while diving or even if he was surprised by the rising tide while sleeping on the beach. There is nothing at this stage pointing to his death being the result of foul play,” the tabloid adds.
The beach is located on Armona Island, one of the barrier islands located in the Ria Formosa estuary.
Updated at 2.36pm