AUSTIN -- Police have ruled the deaths of an elderly couple in their Central Austin home on Monday as homicides.
Police initially said Sidney and Billie Sheltons' bodies had no visible signs of trauma, but in a Tuesday press release, police said the couple, found dead in their Brentwood home on Monday, were dead of "apparent trauma."
Officers were called to a home along the 1700 block of Brentwood Street shortly before 11 a.m. Monday for a possible burglary. When they arrived, police located the bodies of 85-year-old Sidney Shelton and 83-year-old Billie Shelton in the home. The couple's nurse had arrived at the home, noticed the door was open and found them dead inside.
The Sheltons' home is now surrounded by caution tape. A wheelchair ramp leads to the door that is now boarded up and labeled a crime scene.
"We're going to miss them," said friend Fred Daughtry.
Daughtry served as the couple's pastor at Skyview Baptist Church for 14 years. He's been to the house many times before but visited Tuesday to see if what he heard on the news could be true.
"[To] check on my fears," Daughtry said.
The home is in a quiet North Austin neighborhood directly across from Brentwood Elementary School.
"They were just warm-hearted, precious people. They loved this area. Loved being around the kids," Daughtry said. "They were soft. They were precious. They were people that you could always count on."
Daughtry said Billie used to work at the University of Texas and remained a loyal fan. She and her husband, who they know as Paschall, had several children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who called them Gigi and Pops.
"They're a good couple. I know where they're at so they're alright," said Daughtry.
KVUE reached out to the woman who discovered the couple in the home, and she responded with a written statement and asked her name not be used.
"I am a home health nurse, not the couples's caretaker. I arrived at about 1045 to the home for a skilled nurse visit. I found the door open and went inside. Patients often leave doors open for us when they expect a home health visit. House was quiet when I entered. I found the deceased and then ran outside and called 911. APD was there in a minute or less. They did an excellent job securing the scene and making sure I was taken care of. A very detailed statement has been given to law enforcement. I don't want to say anything that may jeopardize the investigation or my job as a medical professional."
The medical examiner is performing autopsies.
Homicide detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES.