Deaths Of Conklin Couple Ruled Murder-Suicide

By James Wilcox

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 11, 2006 at 7:41 PM EST

Police tape now surrounds the house of Robert and Carol Mohr.

Their white Cadillac sits in the driveway off Bradley Avenue.

The elderly couple was found dead inside their flood damaged home in Conklin.

"I'm numb, that's all I can say. I still can't believe it," says neighbor Margaret Betz.

Helmut Betz and his wife live directly across the street from the Mohr house.

Betz says he was awakened Tuesday morning by a loud popping sound, a little later, another.

That's when he rushed outside and saw the Mohr House filled with smoke.

"I ran over and opened the door and the lady next door was already running around the house calling their names," says Betz.

"I just started yelling 'hello, hello', and there was no way we could get in because there was so much smoke," says Debra Starzer.

When the smoke cleared, fire crews found a scene nobody expected.

The Mohr's were both dead from gunshot wounds.

State Police say the murder weapon was found inside.

And they're not searching for any suspects.

"We're in the preliminary stages and we're sorting out all the information as to exactly what the chain of events were," says Lt. James Barnes of New York State Police.

A chain of events neighbors don't understand.

They say the Mohr's were friendly and appeared to be happy.

"When they'd go for a walk they'd always talk to you, always seemed pleasant and positive," says Lester O'Dell, a neighbor.

"It's very disheartening that something like this could happen around here. I don't know," says neighbor David Beam.

State Police say the autopsies determined Carol Mohr died from a single gunshot, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Robert Mohr died from a self inflicted gunshot, and his death was ruled a suicide.

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