A husband and wife were found dead inside a Sandalwood home Wednesday and police say they believe a murder-suicide occurred in the home.

Police say the two found dead were 53-year-old Brenda R. Brannon and 53-year-old Barry S. Brannon

Members of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrived at the home in the early afternoon hours on Emerald Green Court to perform a welfare check on the couple at the behest of a family member.

As officers tried to get someone to answer the door, they saw someone on laying on the floor of the home and were unable to get anyone to come to the door.

So, they called SWAT to the scene and had a robot approach the door. When they finally made entry, they found a man and a woman, both believe to be 53 years old, dead inside.

While police stress the investigation is in its early stages, police believe the deaths to be caused by a murder suicide.

The couple was in the process of a divorce.

Homicide detectives will continue the investigation into what happened.

Brenda R. Brannon