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Cops: 2 suspects admit to suffocating elderly Phila. couple

A Philadelphia Police officer stands outside a home where an elderly couple was found dead on July 17, 2014. CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Two suspects are facing charges in the case of an elderly Philadelphia couple found dead in their home, reports CBS Philly.

Investigators said 26-year-old Terry Ballard and 19-year-old Justin Smith admitted to playing roles in the strangulation deaths of 66-year-old Algladis Perry and 79-year-old Rufus Perry last week, according to the station.

The couple's 39-year-old daughter called police after discovering her parents' bodies in the living room of their home in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood Thursday morning, CBS Philly reports.

Authorities said Ballard and Smith confessed to suffocating the retired couple.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, investigators said the suspects were hired by the victims to work odd jobs around the house. The possible motive for the crime remains unclear. Police initially found no obvious signs of trauma on the bodies or any signs of a forced entry into the home.

It is unknown if Ballard and Smith are currently behind bars.

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