Independence Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a family member found an elderly couple dead inside a residence Sunday afternoon.

Officers had responded to the 14600 block of East 36th Terrace, just west of Phelps Road, about 1:20 p.m., Sunday. Police identified the deceased as John E. Longwith, 81, and Kay F. Longwith, 72. Both had suffered gunshot wounds, police found a handgun at the scene.

Police have not specified the apparent shooter in the case, which marks the third homicide this year in Independence.