Detectives are treating the discovery of the bodies of a mother and son in a house in Sunderland as a suspected murder-suicide.
Shortly after 10am on Wednesday 26 February police received a report of concern for a woman at an address on Satley Gardens, Sunderland.
Emergency services arrived and found the body of a 68-year-old Janice Woolford, who they believe had been stabbed.
They also found the body of a Michael Woolford, who is Janice Woolford's son. The 44-year-old had not suffered any visible injuries. Police suspect he had taken a large quantity of drugs.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Enquiries into the circumstances around the deaths are ongoing but detectives are treating the death of the 68-year-old woman as murder.
They do not believe anyone else is involved and police have today said the incident is a suspected murder-suicide.
Detective Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb, the senior investigating officer of the case, said: