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Brit boy, 3, found dead in burned-out car in Portugal close to dad’s body

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A British boy has been found dead in Portugal after an alleged murder-suicide at the hands of his father.

The body of his dad, designer Clemens Weisshaar, 44, was found near a burned-out car from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on a patch of wasteland in Portugal.

Weisshaar had split from his wife, British stylist Phoebe Arnold, earlier this year, and was visiting Lisbon to spend time with his son.

He had reportedly taken their son Tasso on a trip and promised to return the boy to his mum on November 1.

But, according to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias, he had failed to bring the boy back on Monday and Ms Arnold had reported the boy as missing later that day

The child’s body was reportedly found near a remote piece of land the child’s parents had bought to build a house on.

Munich-born Weisshaar – named in local reports as the person responsible for the boy's death – is understood to have lived in the area and had an office in the town of Grandola around 20 minutes from where the two bodies were found.

A restaurant worker from a village near to where searchers made the horrifying discovery described Weisshaar and his ex-partner as occasional customers.

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"Sometimes they came in with the little boy and other times it was just him," he told Jornal de Noticias.

"He wasn’t a person who spoke a lot. Good morning and good afternoon and that was it."

Ms Arnold is a successful stylist, working with the likes of Gigi Hadid and Paloma Faith.

She had been dating Weisshaar since 2016, reports the Daily Mail, and the pair reportedly had pair had a "troubled" relationship before breaking up.

Rui Ermida, the owner of the Taberna dos Mosqueiroes restaurant where Clemens Weisshaar was described as a regular, told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha: "He would come to have lunch or a beer.

"It was easy to speak to him, he was always pleasant.

"He came two or three times with the child and the boy’s mum as well. I thought he had gone to Germany with his son, it was what people around here said."

Initial reports from Portugal say police believe Weisshaar and his son had been dead for around two days when the bodies were discovered although an autopsy due to be performed later today is expected to pinpoint the exact time of death.

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