Lowell Couple’s Deaths Wait for Charges
October 22, 2013 — Lake County prosecutors who want a double murder suspect tonight might have to wait a month to get him.
Minnesota authorities say they plan to prosecute 34-year-old Thomas Snow for charges there. They say he fled police reckless or careless driving while intoxicated last weekend. They arrested him … and Lake County’s Sheriff and Prosecutor want him as the suspect for his parents’ murders in Lowell. Police found the bodies of 68-year-old Clifford Snow and his 66-year-old wife Joyce when they made a welfare check at their residence last weekend.
Snow waits in jail tonight, more than 600-miles away, for a November 18th hearing in Clay County, Minnesota. A Clay County court administrator says snow waived his right to extradition back to Indiana, and Newton County could get him first, where he already faces an armed robbery charge.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says extradition and investigation will determine charges for the Snows’ deaths, “We found both in an advanced stage of death.”
Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter says evidence is still being collected, but the younger Snow could face two counts of murder and theft.
Clay County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Matt Siiro says Thomas Snow was stopped in a small town called Hawley, which has approximately 2,000 residents. He says Snow fled police in his vehicle, which is a felony. Snow was also charged with fourth degree driving while intoxicated and reckless or careless driving.
Buncich says local law enforcement is familiar with the suspect, “He has a record of drug abuse, auto theft and fleeing police officers. Our department also has an active felony warrant on him. He fled from some of our officers earlier this month.”
Police say the event was isolated, helping neighbor Christine Stegenga assure her children they were safe, “It’s no different. You just have to go to sleep and carry on and keep doing our normal everyday thing.”
Snow is in jail in Clay County, Minnesota on a $10,000 bond.