A 79-year-old man was found dead in the island of Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaalu atoll on Friday night, local media reports.
Ali Rasheed was found dead lying on the floor of his room. He was living alone following the death of his wife some years earlier.
A source from the island told Sun Online that Rasheed had a six-inch laceration on his head and a swollen left eye.
Police said the death was being investigated as they suspected foul play. An investigation team has been dispatched to the southern island.