• The man in his thirties was discovered inside a flat in the town of Albufeira

A British tourist has been found dead in a holiday apartment on the Algarve in Portugal.

The man, aged 30, was discovered inside the Orada Tourist Apartments near the marina in the town of Albufeira.

He is understood to have been staying at the property with a friend.

Respected Portuguese daily Correio da Mana reported the whereabouts of the friend, whose nationality has not yet been made public, is not known.

Portugal's GNR police force were the first force alerted but the investigation has now been handed over to the country's Policia Judiciaria force.

There has not yet been any official comment from police.

As well as police, firefighters and ambulance workers were also mobilised as part of the emergency response.

The victim was declared dead at the scene.

The four-star Orada Tourist Apartments complex has an outdoor pool and 220 apartments plus a reception area that is staffed 24/7. 

A well-placed source close to the ongoing investigation said: 'The British man's body was found on the floor by the toilet door in his apartment.

'There was a lot of vomit around him.

'Police suspect he had suffered some sort of health issue.

'The GNR force took a call around 7am this morning from an English speaker they believe was a friend saying a man was probably dead in the flat.

'But that same person simply then disappeared and the police can't find him at the moment which is what's odd about all of this and why the PJ police were called in.

'They are trying to establish his whereabouts at the moment.

'The dead man had been due to leave the apartment this morning so was probably going to fly back to the UK and investigators are trying to confirm it was his friend who called them and whether he ended up just going to Faro Airport after making the emergency call.

'They find it all very weird that he didn't realise he needed to stay around after making the call as the person who phoned the emergency services.'

Another source added: 'There are no obvious signs of any violence in the apartment or anything pointing to the man's death being the result of a crime.

'It looks like it's related to a health issue.

'But a post-mortem has yet to take place and the Policia Judiciaria will carry out a full forensic examination of the apartment and speak to reception and ask for CCTV footage.

'Officers will also try to track down and speak to the person that called.'

Police sources said the dead man was on a 'short break' to Portugal. He is understood to have travelled with only a small suitcase.

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