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Son Suspected of Killing Parents Behind Bars in MN

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October 22, 2013 –– Lake County Sheriff John Buncich is working with his staff and the Lake County Prosecutor to link 34-year-old Thomas Snow to the murders of his parents, 68-year-old Clifford Snow and 66-year-old Joyce Snow. 

The two were discovered by police last Friday after they conducted a welfare check at the request of the daughter of Clifford and Joyce.  Sheriff Buncich said when police arrived, they found several newspapers at the front door.

“The officers located the bodies of two unidentified persons.  The bodies were in an advanced stage of decomposition.”

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey stated the couple died of blunt force trauma.  Joyce Snow also suffered strangulation. The Coroner’s Office used dental records to help with identifying the victims.

Prosecutor Bernard Carter said evidence is still being collected, but the younger Snow could face two counts of murder and theft.  It will be at least a month before Snow will sit in a Northwest Indiana courtroom.  Following the discovery of his parents in their unincorporated Lowell home in the 14500 Block of West 197th Avenue, police in Clay County and Hawley, Minnesota were dealing with a separate criminal matter involving snow.

“On Sat. Oct. 19 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Hawley, Minnesota Police Department along with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, contacted our department.  They advised that they had the Snow subject in custody.  He was apprehended after a car chase there,” said Sheriff Buncich.  Clay County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Matt Siiro said Thomas Snow was stopped in a small town called Hawley, which has approximately two thousand residents.  He said Snow fled police in his vehcle, which is a felony.  Lake County police later confirmed that the vehicle Snow was captured in belonged to his parents.  Snow was also charged with fourth degree driving while intoxicated and reckless or careless driving.  A Clay County Court Administrator said snow waived his right to extradition back to Indiana and his next court appearance is Nov. 18.  When it’s time, he will be taken to Newton County where he is charged with armed robbery at the Marathon gas station on Rt. 10.

“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,” Buncich said.

Police strongly believe the event was isolated and the Snow family was targeted, which helped 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 behind bars in Minnesota on a ten thousand dollar bond or 20 thousand without conditions.

By: Renetta DuBose

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