ARLINGTON — Police are puzzled and a large family is grieving after an elderly couple was found dead at their home Sunday morning when officers were asked to check on their welfare.
A family member called 911 after finding a window open at the residence in the 3600 block of Waverly Drive around 7:30 a.m.
The victims are a woman in her 60s and a man who had planned to be with loved ones to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Sunday.
The couple had last been seen at a family gathering on Saturday night. No names have been released, but they were described as Vietnamese-Americans who owned a modest tailor shop.
"They're always smiling; they're always nice," said neighbor Danielle Wersen. "Who would want to hurt such a sweet couple?
The manner of their deaths was not revealed pending a medical examiner's report.
"We do not believe at this point that it's a murder-suicide," said Arlington police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Cook. "We believe — based upon the way the apartment contents were found — that there is foul play suspected at this location."
Police said the apartment had been ransacked, but there it was unclear as to why an intruder would have killed the elderly couple. Detectives said the crime scene is so complicated — and this case is so puzzling — they expected to be at the apartment for days.
The couple kept to themselves, but were seen by neighbors every day tending to the small garden outside their apartment. They took pride in their large family.
"They're hard-working; they work seven days a week," said community leader Cindy Dao. "They have a huge family — grandkids, kids, in-laws — they have a huge family, and they just right now just don't understand why it's happening to them."
Anyone with information that could be useful to investigators is asked to call Arlington Police Detective Byron Stewart at 817-459-5691, or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.
Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the crime.