Criminal Justice

Lowell Suspect in Double Murder of Parents Extradited to Indiana

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December 26, 2013 by AP & Jerry Howard

A northwest Indiana man has returned to Indiana as authorities prepare to file charges against him for his parents’ murders in a case that left them, “in an advanced stage of death.”

That’s how Lake County Sheriff John Buncich described the body conditions of 66-year-old Joyce Snow and 68-year-old Clifford Snow in October.

Their son, 34-year-old Thomas J. Snow, has been extradited recently to Indiana from Minnesota, where he was arrested as a fugitive in October.

Sheriff Buncich says his department is preparing to file homicide charges against Snow in connection with the deaths of Joyce and Clifford Snow.  The couple’s decomposing bodies were found in their home near Lowell in October, sustaining massive blunt force trauma injuries to their heads.

Snow is being held in the Newton County Jail on a separate armed robbery charge, after Lake County prosecutors had to wait for his return to charge him as a double murder suspect.

Minnesota authorities said in October they’d prosecute him for charges there after they arrested him for fleeing police with reckless driving while intoxicated.

The Lake County’s Sheriff and Prosecutor wanted Snow at the time as the suspect for his parents’ murders, whose bodies were found by police when they made a welfare check at their Lowell residence.

A Clay County, Minnesota court administrator said Snow waived his right to extradition back to Indiana, and Newton County expected to put him in custody first for the armed robbery charge.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says the extradition and investigation will determine charges, and Lake County  Prosecutor Bernard Carter has said Thomas Snow could face two counts of murder and theft.

Buncich says local law enforcement is familiar with the suspect, who “has a record of drug abuse, auto theft and fleeing police officers.”


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