Two people found dead at home by police were a retired couple in their 70s, said neighbours.
Officers and emergency services were called to Fisher Way in Braintree at 3.40pm on Tuesday after reports of concerns for the two individuals’ welfare, Essex Police said.
They found two people had died and the circumstances are being investigated, but their deaths are believed to be an isolated incident.
Neighbours said the couple were Eva and David Murr, a retired couple in their early 70s.
A 62-year-old neighbour, who did not want to be named, said that he has known the couple since he first moved on to the quiet residential street 20 years ago.
“They were a very nice couple, he would come out and bring the bins out for us, and he’d always stop and have a chat,” the neighbour told the PA news agency, adding that Ms Murr had mobility issues and was cared for by her husband.
He added: “It’s quite a shock. I feel very sorry for the family… they just seemed like a very nice couple.
“It’s the sort of thing you don’t expect to happen.
“They’ve got a conservatory, and they used to spend a lot of time just sitting in the conservatory talking, they were nice neighbours.
“Only a few weeks ago I helped him repair a bit of his roof, I held the ladder for him, we had a good relationship.”
Police said they are treating the deaths as unexplained, but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths, which they believe to have been an isolated incident.
The families of the two people are being supported by specialist officers, said police.
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