A British woman has been beaten to death with a shovel at the Bulgarian farm she retired to.
Detectives are quizzing Tina Eyre’s boyfriend over her grisly killing in the northern village of Veliko Tarnovo.
The 62-year-old was found in a pool of blood in a barn on her property earlier this week.
Tina, a retired legal secretary originally from Gloucester, had not been seen by neighbours for several days.
According to police reports, when two fellow ex-pats went to check on Tina they found her boyfriend digging a hole in her garden.
The 26-year-old, who has not been named, fled the scene and police later found Tina’s body in the property.
Detectives suspect her lover killed her with a shovel and was preparing her grave when he was disturbed.
He was arrested while hiding out at another house in the area and is being quizzed on suspicion of murder.
Local media claim he confessed to the murder and said he acted “out of jealousy”.
Tina had lived alone in the village for four years after moving from the UK.
She looked after dogs and piglets on the farm.
She previously worked for the UK law firm Clifford Chance.
The Foreign Office says it is “supporting the family of a British woman following her tragic death in Bulgaria”.