Police in Sunderland have closed a street were two people were found dead in a house on Wednesday afternoon.
Local residents on Hylton Castle Road said they had seen forensic teams gathering evidence.
The discovery was made after the alarm was raised by a concerned relative.
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The victim was walking her dog last month in an area known to locals as 'Black Bobby's Field'.