PEABODY, MASS. >> Two people are dead in what authorities say appears to be a murder-suicide in Peabody.

Police responded to a home in the city at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a man and a woman on the front porch of the home suffering from stab wounds.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

No names were released but police say the woman was 51. The exact nature of their relationship was not clear but police don't think the victims were married.

Police responded to the scene after getting a call from someone who said she had just received a call from a relative in Brazil who told her she had been on the phone with someone in Peabody when she heard a scuffle and the phone went dead.