Two women were found dead in a Minnesota home in an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.
Officers from the Crystal Police Department found the two women, ages 62 and 73, after responding to a report of two deceased individuals at around 11:41 p.m.Thursday night, the department said.
Their deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, officials said. The cause of death was not immediately available, pending a review from The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Police said that the two women are not related, but are roommates who have been friends for some time, Crystal Police Chief Brian Hubbard told WCCO.
They are believed to have been dead in the home for days before they were discovered, Hubbard said.
The women were found after a relative of one of the women’s relatives requested a welfare check after not hearing from her for several days. Neighbors told WCOO the women typically kept to themselves and they did not see them very often.
“You have lives that are impacted. There are friends and family of folks who are involved,” Hubbard told the outlet. “The officers and the investigators and the crime lab deputies that respond. Both the individuals had been there for some time and so it’s a scene that’s difficult to see for the first responders and the investigators that respond.”
Cops assured that this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public. No other suspects are sought.