SHELDON - The Beaufort County Coroner says the deaths of two elderly people in the Sheldon area of the county appear to have been a murder-suicide.

The deaths were reported Thursday evening by neighbors, but authorities say they are not releasing the names of the victims until relatives can be notified.

Coroner Ed Allen says the investigation is continuing and did not release how the couple died.

The couple had lived in their home for about a decade. Authorities are investigating when they died and also when they last had contact with other people.