2 found dead in Lowell area home
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 October 19, 2013 1:10PM
The Snows lived in th14500 block of West 197th Avenue in Lake County, near Lowell. | Carole Carlson/Post-Tribune
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:57AM
LOWELL — Lake County police discovered the decomposed remains of two people at a rural home Friday afternoon, and their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich on Saturday said police received a call about 4 p.m. Friday for a welfare check at a home in the 14500 block of W. 197th Avenue, east of Indiana 41 near the Illinois state line. The bodies were found about 4:30 p.m.
“They were in severe decomposition,” said Buncich who did not identify the couple but said they appear to be a man and woman.
Police are awaiting the results of dental records to confirm identification.
“We have a person of interest,” Buncich said. “All indications are that it’s a double homicide.” He said police are making that assumption based on evidence at the scene and preliminary autopsies.
“We have six detectives and CSI and other officers who worked all night. We’re following a lot of leads,” he said.
Lake County property tax records list the homeowners as Clifford and Joyce Snow.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he occassionally waved at the man who lived there but didn’t know him. He said the man had several dogs. He called the deaths “a complete surprise, but people in the country don’t talk much,” he said.
A “no trespassing” sign was posted in front of the driveway of the two-story home. Down the driveway was another sign: “Beware of attack pit bull.” No dogs could be seen at the house. A large trash container sat in front of the closed garage. A cornfield is on the east side of the residence.
Buncich said police hope to have conclusive identification of the couple on Monday.