Just hours after arriving for a holiday in Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca, Kirsty Maxwell died at around 07.50 on Saturday 29th April 2017, in unexplained, suspicious circumstances.
These circumstances are being investigated by the Spanish police and by a Spanish judge as homicide.
Mystery surrounds Kirsty’s tragic death at the age of just 27 at My Pretty Payma Apartments (also known as Apartmentos Payma, Benidorm, Spain).
There are so many unanswered questions about:
- what happened in the room Kirsty was in before she died
- other unidentified My Pretty Payma Apartments residents who were not interviewed
- important lines of enquiry which do not appear to have been pursued
Investigative progress and answers have not been forthcoming for Kirsty’s family, who are determined in their search for the truth and to get justice for Kirsty.
People residing in
- My Pretty Payma (also known as Apartmentos Payma as stated above)
- the nearby Hotel Presidente
- locally in Benidorm
who can assist with information may not have come forward because they think what they know is not relevant.
Kirsty’s family hope that their website and the associated social media platforms appealing for information will assist the investigation.
Please take time to read the various sections of this website and use the information and links to help, in whatever way you can, to support Kirsty’s family, as they continue their desperate search for the truth about the tragic and suspicious death of their beloved Kirsty.
A brief overview of the known circumstances of Kirsty’s death and the investigation
21.15, Friday 28th April 2017: Kirsty and 19 friends from Scotland checked into My Pretty Payma Apartments, also known as Apartmentos Payma.
07.50, Saturday 29th April 2017 (the following morning): Kirsty was found dead at the side of the swimming pool of My Pretty Payma Apartment.
The exact sequence of events and any potential causal factors are not known.
It is known that Kirsty exited from the balcony of 10th floor of apartment 10E, one floor above and at the opposite end to her apartment 9A on the 9th Floor.
Expert analysis indicates she was facing inwards towards that apartment.
How she came to be over the wrong side of the railing and away from the external balustrade at a closed off corridor of the apartment can only be answered by witnesses and those present.
The Spanish police investigated Kirsty’s death as homicide.
On Saturday, 29th April 2017 (the same day), they arrested a British male from Nottingham, England who was released from court on Monday, 1st May 2017.
It is not clear what actually happened due a potentially flawed police investigation, with:
- key witnesses not being interviewed
- major crime scene protocols/procedures not progressed
- full CCTV apparently not retained
- evidential exhibits like Kirsty’s clothing destroyed at the autopsy
It is known that room 10E, where Kirsty was before she died, was occupied by English men from Nottingham who may have been using drugs and alcohol.
The circumstances which ensued may have been fueled by the men’s use of drugs/ alcohol and a case of mistaken identity by the men in the room, thinking Kirsty was someone else.
The Spanish police report, media reporting based on Spanish sources (including briefings and quotes from the family’s initial Spanish lawyer) indicate that Kirsty tried to escape the apartment in fear of her life.
Potential lines of inquiry remain outstanding and key individuals who could assist in establishing what happened, or lead to other potential witnesses, have not been traced and interviewed.
In an effort to obtain evidence to support investigations by the Spanish authorities, a high-profile social media and media appeal was launched by Kirsty’s family, supported by an UK-based multilingual independent review team.
A BBC Scotland documentary, ‘Killed Abroad’, examined the case and reconstructed the possible events with the help of an independent expert.
This website has been created to support the appeal with the intention of generating more information which can assist the investigation.
Please click on the social media icons at the bottom of each page of this site to see current updates.
As much information as possible has been published on this website, whilst being careful not to include anything which could be perceived as prejudicial to the ongoing court investigation or the case against any person who may have been culpable for Kirsty’s death.
Please do not assume that Kirsty’s family know what you know.
There are many unanswered questions and issues in this case which have not been progressed. Please get in contact with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, regarding the various appeal points.
for more information and details of appeal
Kirsty Emma (Curry) Maxwell was born to proud parents Denise and Brian Curry on 1st September 1989 in Leith, Edinburgh.
The family moved to West Lothian when Kirsty was a young child, where her brother Ryan was born, completing the family.
She attended school in Livingston and after gaining educational qualifications, Kirsty worked in various office roles before landing a position with Lloyds Banking Group, where she was held in very high regard by her colleagues and peers.
Kirsty had known Adam Maxwell for ten years when she married him in September 2016. They were blissfully happy and the marriage cemented their love for each other.
Both Adam and Kirsty were family-oriented people close to their respective siblings and parents. They were in the process of buying a new home and planning to start a family of their own.
Sadly, they never got to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, buy their new house or have a family.
Kirsty’s life was taken away in incredibly cruel, brutal and unexplained circumstances.
She was a popular girl who was regarded by her friends and family as a true and loyal friend and was a person everyone would confide in.
Kirsty is still sadly missed and her friends and family continue to pay tribute to this beautiful girl who touched the hearts of many.
Kirsty’s husband Adam, her parents Brian and Denise and her younger brother Ryan are continuing their fight for justice, truth and answers with the assistance of friends, the public, politicians and UK-based crime experts.
They want to get to the truth behind the sinister and suspicious circumstances surrounding Kirsty’s death, which is still being investigated as a potential homicide by the Spanish authorities.