• The bodies of the couple were discovered Saturday morning
  • The deceased were identified as Archer James Adams III and Paula Adams, both 76
  • They reportedly owned a boat but it wasn’t clear if it was the same boat found in canal

Authorities in Florida have discovered two bodies floating near a boat in a canal in Palm Beach County. The bodies were later identified to be of an elderly married couple.

The bodies of Archer James Adams III and Paula Adams, both 76, were found adrift Saturday morning in the waters at the southern end of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Susan Neel, communications director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), told the publication that the cause of the deaths was unknown.

"The FWC … will provide additional details as they become available," Neel said. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Adams during this difficult time."

The agency hasn’t said if foul play was involved in the case. No additional details were immediately available.

Jorge Alvarez, who lives across the Adams' home, told the publication that the couple had been retired for about 20 years and had an adult daughter together. Alvarez also said the couple was friendly and was often spotted in the neighborhood walking their dog.

Another neighbor, who requested anonymity, told the publication that the couple owned a small boat. However, it was not clear if the boat was the one found in the canal.

Officials with the FCW are handling the investigation with help from the Palm Beach County and Broward sheriff’s offices, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

This tragic news comes after a South Florida man, who was arrested last month in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman, whose body was found floating in a Dania Beach canal in Florida. The detainee, Lorenzo Pulliam, 28, was facing a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly drowning the victim, Allyson Williams, in the canal. The motive for the murder wasn’t revealed.

Representational image of a wooden boat on the dry lake bottom at the dried inland Lake Chilwa's Kachulu Harbour in Zomba District eastern Malawi, Oct. 18, 2018. AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images