State Police are assisting the Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation into the deaths of an Arkansas County couple whose bodies were discovered Wednesday night at a local residence, according to Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.

Sadler said the deputies responded to a telephone reporting the discovery of the two bodies later identified as Thomas DePriest, 46, and his wife Debbi DePriest, 45. The couple lived on DePriest Lane, north of Stuttgart.

The sheriff’s department subsequently requested the assistance of special agents assigned to the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, according to Sadler.

“Agents are conducting an investigation and the bodies have been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an exact determination of cause and manner of death,” Sadler said in a news release Thursday.