Elderly Couple Dead in Deerfield Beach Home: Deputies

Authorities said foul play was suspected but few details were immediately given out pending notification of next of kin.

Broward detectives continued investigating inside a Deerfield Beach home Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after an elderly couple was found dead there by their daughter.

Authorities identified the couple as Phil Russo, 88, and his wife Barbara, 78.

Authorities said there are possible signs of foul play. The couple's bodies were found just after 6:40 p.m. Monday at 2440 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd.

"It's very upsetting. I know the whole community is very upset," neighbor Evelyn Appelbaum said.

She recalled the Russos as low-key, friendly and warm.

"Phil and Barbara were probably the nicest couple you'd want to meet," Appelbaum said.

Another neighbor said the couple was found by their daughter, who also lives at the apartment complex.

"They are just a nice couple, they’ve been here a long time and the daughter lives above me and she checks on them all the time but apparently she walked in and found both of them in there," Mike Hanley said.

Neighbor Toni Bednarik said Phil Russo was known for wearing Speedos.

"He always wore a Speedo and my dad used to tease him all the time, because they were both Italian, he used to say to him, 'Phil, can you please put on more suit. No one wants to see you.' But that's the kind of guy he was," Bednarik said.

He said Russo taught his son to swim.

Anyone with information can report it anonymously to Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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