Special investigation into double shooting

Investigation continues into the deaths of a 69-year-old Independence Township man and 65-year-old Independence Township woman.
Deputies and the Independence Township Fire Department responded to the 9000 block of Syracuse Avenue, 4:09 p.m., May 31, on the report of a man and woman found unresponsive and lying on the floor of the kitchen.
John Vernon Jones, 69, and Diane Lee Jones, 65, husband and wife, were found deceased. They had both suffered a gunshot wound. A firearm was located under the man’s left arm. No one else was found in the residence.
The caller, Diane’s sister, had scheduled a meeting with her sister and brother-in-law for earlier in the day so they could go over their mother’s estate, but that there had been no response to phone calls.
Their mother, who lived across the street, had passed earlier this year. The caller said she had last heard from her sister on Monday, May 28.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit and an investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. Specialists from the Forensic Science Laboratory were also called to process the scene.