Couple found dead in Chalmette home

Published: Oct. 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM CDT
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CHALMETTE, La. - The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of a married couple, both in their 70s, who were found dead in their home Monday morning.

A sitter for the couple found them dead when she came to the home at about 8:15 a.m.

The deaths are unclassified pending an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

"We are releasing few details until an autopsy is done,'' the sheriff said. "This could be a murder-suicide involving the husband, who was 74, and the wife, who was 70. There are extenuating circumstances that affect what the classification of deaths may be and we won't go into that pending the autopsy.''

Pohlmann said there was no evidence that anyone else was involved, including no evidence of  forced entry of the home. Cash and valuables at the scene were intact, he said.