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Man and woman found dead in driveway of west Phoenix home, police investigating

Police say a man and woman were found dead Thursday and investigators are attempting to figure out how they died.
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PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman at a residence near 67th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

Detectives were dispatched to the area Thursday morning after the adults were found in the driveway of the residence. Police are still in the midst of determining how the two adults died. 

The deceased have been identified as 43-year-old Gabriel Aguiler and 45-year-old Martha Valdez Salomon. Police say there were no signs of trauma observed on the bodies.

The cause and manner of death will ultimately be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, police say.

Police have not yet said whether foul play may have been a factor in causing the deaths. 

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