By WCCO-TV Staff

CRYSTAL, Minn. (WCCO) — Crystal Police are investigating the deaths of two women, who they believe had been dead inside their home for days.

“It’s a first for me. The residents there are roommates, have been friends for a while as I understand it,” Deputy Chief of Crystal Police Brian Hubbard said.

Around 11:40 p.m. Thursday, police received a 911 call concerning the welfare of two women inside a house on the 5100 block of 49th Avenue North. Upon arrival, they found a 73-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman both dead inside the home.

“Our preliminary investigation would suggest it’s a murder-suicide situation. Nobody else involved as far as we can tell at this point,” said Hubbard.

Hubbard says the person who called 911 is a relative of one of the women, who had become concerned after not hearing from them for a number of days. Hubbard said family members are shocked by what happened.

Police were on scene for about six hours.

Neighbors say they didn’t see the women very often, and they mostly kept to themselves.

“You have lives that are impacted. There are friends and family of folks who are involved,” said Hubbard. “The officers and the investigators and the crime lab deputies that respond. Both the individuals had been there for some time and so it’s a scene that’s difficult to see for the first responders and the investigators that respond.”

Police said the women are not related and they don’t believe there is any threat to the public.