Police have launched an investigation after a man and woman were found dead at a house in Sunderland.
Northumbria Police said their deaths are being treated as suspicious.
Police and paramedics went to the home this afternoon after a relative "reported concern for the welfare of a couple living there".
Their bodies were found in a bedroom at the property.
Sunderland Area Commander Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth said, "We are in the early stages of our investigation into these deaths".
"The deaths are being treated as suspicious and we have additional officers in the area both to reassure the local community and help with the investigation".
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.