Area businessman and wife found dead

From Staff Reports

   PINEY FLATS -- Officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office are investigating an apparent suicide of a local prominent business man and his wife after the couple were found dead in their residence Wednesday morning.
   According to a released statement from the sheriff's office, when the officers arrived at 900 Lake Point Drive, they found John Carter Skinner, 58, the owner of a Johnson City car dealership, and his wife Betty Everton Skinner, 52, dead inside the residence. "Our investigation has revealed that this is a suicide/assisted suicide," the release states.
   Investigators found a revolver type handgun at the scene and stated that it was used in the incident. According to Lt. Lisa Christian with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, both Mr. and Mrs. Skinner were shot.
   "Notes were found at the scene from both of them that this act was a mutual agreement between the two," the release states. "At this time, we do not have a motive as to why this occurred."
   According to Christian, the incident is still under investigation and the sheriff's office is not releasing any additional information about the incident or the investigation.
   Autopsies have been ordered on the couple. "That is just part of the investigation," Christian said. "Anytime there is a gun shot wound or anything like that an autopsy is done."
   John Skinner was the owner of John Skinner Honda, located at 2806 N. Roan St., Johnson City.