A newlywed couple were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in their home, where the woman's 3-year-old child spent hours before the boy let a relative into the home, police said Thursday.

Relatives called police about 8 p.m. Wednesday after becoming concerned that Thomas Lovell Jr., 35, and his wife, Jennifer Lovell, 24, didn't show up for work and had missed appointments.

Police wouldn't specify where the bodies were found or whether the boy knew of the deaths.

"Once the child woke up, he was in the home alone all day," police Lt. Ron Bartholomew said.

Thomas Lovell strangled his wife early Wednesday and hanged himself, Bartholomew said. He left a note indicating responsibility and gave reasons for the deaths, but Bartholomew declined to release the information.

The couple were married in June. The boy is being cared for by family members.