An Ottawa woman and her partner from Toronto have been murdered in Mexico.
Authorities have not officially released the names however friends and family members, confirm the victims are 67-year-old Nina Discombe and 84-year-old Edward Kular.
Discombe was a writer from the Ottawa-area who like thousands of other Canadians, spends her winters in Mexico.
She and her partner were found yesterday inside their home near Guadalajara; victims, police say, of a robbery gone wrong.
An employee found the Canadian couple in the home, face down in a pool of blood. A local reporter tells CTV Ottawa a knife was found nearby. Dale Hoyt Palfrey said, "The male victim was found semi-naked, he was just in his underwear. The female was in a robe."
Discombe's niece told CTV Ottawa, "She was married and has a beautiful daughter and a granddaughter. Edward has been her partner for quite a number of years and he was a lovely man."
Residents in the area say this level of violence is unusual in the area. Newspaper reports say the home had been ransacked and that the couple's vehicle was stolen.
Locals there say the neighbourhood has had a number of break-ins over the last year but they have almost always happened when the residents weren't home.
Foreign Affairs Canada says it is providing assistance to family members and is in contact with local police in Mexico.
Autopsies are being done on the bodies before they return to Canada. At this point, police have no suspects.