A West Carter County man found dead in his home from apparent burns may have committed suicide, county authorities said Friday.
A report filed by Carter County Sheriff’s Department said the body of Ricky Lynn McKinney was found lying face down about 10 to 12 feet from the door of his Quail Ridge Road home surrounded by containers of gasoline.
At approximately 6:18 a.m. Friday, McKinney’s wife, who was not in the home at the time of the death, said she received a call from McKinney asking her to come to the property.
The wife told 911 dispatchers that McKinney had previously threatened to set himself on fire and burn the house down.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incident.