Through preliminary reports, autopsies, dental records and DNA the Lake County Coroner's office has postively identified the victims of the double homicide discovered last Friday during a well-fare check in an unincorporated area of Lowell.
At a Monday afternoon press conference, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich released the names of the victims, 68-year-old Clifford Snow (a retired Hammond school teacher) and his wife, 66 year-old Joyce Snow, whose bodies were found inside their residence located on 197th Avenue near Calumet Avenue.
(Thomas Jeffrey Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
Sheriff Buncich says a person of interest, identified as the deceased couple's son, 34 year-old Thomas Snow was reportedly in the area days prior to the murder. On Friday night the sheriff's department issued an all points bulletin for Snow and his deceased parents 2008, white Chevrolet HHR. The sheriff says the suspect, who has a history of drug abuse, auto theft and feeling officers, was wanted by the Newton County Sheriff's department for an alleged armed robbery that took place at Bozeman's Marathon in DeMotte on Thursday, the day before the decomposed bodies were found. Sheriff Bunsich says during a high speed pursuit on State Road 10, Snow was able to loose Newton County police into Will County, Illinois.
(Clifford Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
(Joyce Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
On Saturday, October 19th the Lake County Sheriff's Department received word that Snow was picked up by police after a pursuit following a traffic stop in Hawley, Minnesota, which located in the northwest part of the state about 15-miles east of Fargo, North Dakota. Snow was driving
Sheriff Buncich says Newton county authorities are in the process of extraditing Snow to Newton County where he faces armed robbery charges. While no charges are currently pending in connection to the double homicide, Bunsich says the Lake County Sheriff's Department will work with Lake County Prosecutor and file charges once Snow is back in the state.
(Lake County Coroner, Merrilee Frey with Sheriff John Buncich at Monday, October 21st press conference at Lake County Sheriff's headquarters. Photo courtesy of Jay Stevens)
At the end of the press conference to ease the concern of neighbors and residents of rural Lowell, where the homicides took place, Sheriff Buncich stressed that Snow targeted his family and that it was an isolated incident.