The bodies of two homicide victims were discovered Saturday morning in a wooded area of Prince William County, authorities said.

At first the two deaths were described by the county police as “suspicious.” But about five hours later, the police said “the case is now being investigated as a homicide.”

Police did not say what led them to the new designation.

The victims were identified as Jairo Mayorga, 39, and Milton Lopez, 40, both of Woodbridge. Police said they were known to frequent businesses in the area. 

Officers responding to a call around 10:35 a.m. in the 1500 block of Featherstone Road in Woodbridge, Va., found the victims, police said.

In early statements, police said they thought the deaths came in an isolated incident and that there were no public safety concerns at that point. It was not clear if those statements still applied after the deaths were described as homicides.

Justin Wm. Moyer contributed to this report. 

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