01/10/2018 13:47 EST | Updated 01/10/2018 16:21 EST

Winnipeg couple dead in Jamaica, family says they were killed during burglary

WINNIPEG — A married couple from Winnipeg has been found dead in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force has identified the couple as 81-year-old Melbourne Flake and 70-year-old Etta Flake.

Global Affairs Canada did not release any names, but offered its condolences to family and friends.

A spokesman for the department says consular services are being provided to the family.

Jamaican police say on Monday and Tuesday construction workers attempted to contact the couple but were not successful.

Officers then entered the house and found two bodies.

Family members say the Flakes, who both had Canadian and Jamaican citizenship, were killed in a home burglary.

"Melbourne and Etta Flake had just celebrated Christmas in Jamaica with 19 children and grandchildren," the family said in a statement Wednesday. 

"The murders are still being investigated by Interpol."

Global Affairs Canada said consular officials are in contact with Jamaican authorities to gather additional information.

"To protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, further details on this case cannot be released,” the department said in a statement. (CTV Winnipeg)