An elderly couple were found dead in a drainage ditch just hours after they were reported missing on Wednesday.
A family member reported 89-year-old David Horn and his wife, 84-year-old Martha, missing after they failed to return from a morning walk.
Florida police found two bodies in a shallow ditch nearby and they were identified as the missing couple shortly after.
An autopsy and investigation are ongoing.
The police do not expect third-party negligence or criminal activity.
“The preliminary investigation leads agents to believe there was a tragic accident,” the press release said.
The couple are suffering “from old age,” police said.
The family member, who is said to have been her daughter, reported her missing around 2:45 p.m.
They left their home around 11:00 a.m. that morning.
The couple were known to be walking in the area where they were found near their home in Brevard County, Florida.
They were found in the Rockledge, Florida area near a church.
A neighbor, Dank Copp, told FOX 35 that the couple’s home was surrounded by eight to nine police cars, CSI units, and police tape around the entire block.
Local reports say the couple are suspected to have suffered heat stroke as temperatures in Florida hit triple digits.
“The possibility is that [the death] could be heat related,” a police spokesman told Newsweek.
“Yesterday was an extremely hot day and she [the couple] were in no shade,” he said.
The spokesman confirmed that heat stroke is only a theory and the autopsy results need to be available before any conclusions can be drawn.
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