Police identify couple found dead at Johnson City home

Becky Campbell • Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Johnson City police investigators released the names Wednesday of a husband and wife found dead in their West Poplar Street home Tuesday morning.

Sam Roark, 64, and his wife, Mildred A. Roark, 60, were found by a relative shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday dead from gunshot wounds in a bedroom of the house where they lived at 114 W. Poplar St., Johnson City Police investigations Sgt. Mike Adams confirmed.

Adams reiterated statements made at the scene that officers were not looking for a shooting suspect, and the public was not in danger after the shooting.

Adams said a weapon was found near the bodies of the couple, who had lived at the house for several years, Adams said.

Police were called to the residence just after 8 a.m. after a neighbor had heard a disturbance coming from the residence followed by gunshots, according to Capt. Matt Howell.

The neighbor called a relative of the residents, and the relative discovered the two bodies in a bedroom.

No one else was in the residence when the bodies were found, Howell said. Children’s toys could be seen outside the home. The residents apparently babysat for relatives on occasion.

Relatives and neighbors were gathered near the residence as investigators gathered evidence and medical personnel moved the bodies to ambulances for transport to East Tennessee State University’s William Jenkins Forensic Center.

Adams said that until the autopsies are complete and those reports given to investigators, further information on how the shooting occurred was unknown.

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