Couple plunges to death from Ibiza hotel balcony as police investigate tragedy as possible ‘murder-suicide’
- Police are investigating incident as possible case of gender-based violence
- Couple is a Moroccan man, 26, and a Hispanic-Italian woman in her early 20s
- They stayed at the Torre del Mar hotel in Platja d’en Bossa, Ibiza
- Emergency services were called at 4:30 a.m. but the couple was dead at the scene
- According to local media, guests heard the couple arguing shortly before they fell
Police are investigating the death of two tourists who fell from the balcony of a hotel in Ibiza as a possible murder-suicide.
Detectives said they haven’t come to a definitive conclusion yet, but confirmed evidence to date suggests the man pushed his partner off the fourth-floor balcony before jumping to his death.
The deceased are a 26-year-old Moroccan man and a Spanish-Italian woman who is both 21 and 22 years old. Neither has been mentioned.
They stayed at the 4-star Torre del Mar hotel in Platja d’en Bossa, a popular resort for British holidaymakers.
Police are investigating the death of two tourists who fell from the balcony of a hotel in Ibiza as a possible murder-suicide. Detectives said they have not yet come to a definitive conclusion but confirmed they are investigating the incident as a possible case of gender-based violence
The deceased couple, who have not been named, stayed at the 4-star Torre del Mar hotel (pictured) in Platja d’en Bossa, a favorite resort for British holidaymakers
The alarm was raised around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, but paramedics were unable to do anything to save the couple, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Local media reported that the couple, who shared the same room, had been heard arguing by some Belgian tourists before plunging more than 5 feet to their deaths.
The Spanish National Police has launched an investigation coordinated by an island court.
At daybreak, investigators began inspecting the balcony and recording statements from guests in the nearest rooms and eyewitnesses.
Several bottles were found on a table on the balcony.
The deaths were initially suspected to be accidental, but witness statements convinced police to treat the incident as a possible case of gender-based violence, local media reported.
Gender-based violence refers to harm committed against a person because of his or her gender. It is “rooted in gender inequality, abuse of power and harmful norms,” according to the United Nations.
Periodicodeibiza.com reported that preliminary autopsy results failed to confirm this hypothesis.
At daybreak, investigators began to inspect the balcony and record statements from guests in the nearest rooms and eyewitnesses