Spanish police are investigating the suspected murder of a man whose genitals had been amputated.
The gruesome discovery was made after officers were alerted by a concerned neighbour in the Catalan town of Palau-solita i Plegamans north of Barcelona.
Local reports said the unnamed man had been found with his trousers down and his testicles and penis hacked off on the floor of his rented home.
An autopsy is expected to reveal the death occurred elsewhere and the man’s body was left without the missing sex organs in the place where it was discovered.
Dogs were also found in the property, which was covered in animal excrement.
But medical experts are said to have ruled out the possibility the dogs had ripped off the man’s genitals and eaten them in an initial examination.
It is was not clear today if the missing body parts had been found. Police have not revealed the age of identity of the dead man.
A spokesman for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police confirmed: ‘An investigation is underway to discover the cause of death and the amputation of parts of the man’s body.’
Officers made the horrific find around 3.30pm yesterday.
A regional homicide squad is leading the investigation into the suspected murder.
Palau-solita I Plegamans is a town and municipality in an area known as Valles Occidental in the province of Barcelona. It is about 15 miles north of the Catalan capital.