EXCLUSIVE: Strangulation Cause of Death in Lowell Homicides

20 Oct

by Ken Davidson

clifford snow lowell indiana murder

Lake County Police guard the residence of Cliff and Joyce Snow in Lowell

The Northwest Indiana Gazette has confirmed with sources close to the investigation of the Lowell double homicide that the cause of death was strangulation. Sources tell the Gazette that the bodies were wrapped in an area rug with a note, apparently left for a contractor expected to arrive, that said “Pardon the smell, we are having septic problems.”

Sources have also indicated that they are investigation claims that Thomas TJ Snow may have had a history of drug abuse dating back several years. A review of court records shows multiple convictions for theft and related offenses for a Thomas J. Snow. The Gazette cannot confirm that these court records belong to TJ Snow, the son of Mr. and Mrs Snow.

As reported earlier, the bodies are believed to be those of popular Morton High School shop teacher Cliff Snow and his wife Joyce Snow. Facebook posts indicate that family members have confirmed the identities of the victims.

See our other exclusive report: Did Son Tell Friends of Deaths on Thursday?

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10 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Strangulation Cause of Death in Lowell Homicides”

  1. Susan Davidson via Facebook October 20, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    so sad

  2. Anonymous October 20, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Mr . & Mrs. Snow were very wonderful and loving people. This is a tragic event and they will forever be remembered. My prayers are with you.

  3. Jason Turner October 20, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    I had Mr. Snow as a teacher and that is one class I never missed or was late to.

    • Anonymous October 20, 2013 at 6:15 am #

      I will never forget Mr snow. He was the best teacher I ever had,, so sad ..the way he passed.

      • lonny Wood October 20, 2013 at 9:16 am #

        so sad, they don’t make teacher like this anymore. one of the few teacher that I can still remember what he taught us.

      • Anonymous October 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

        What school did he teach at

      • Vicky Black October 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

        Morton High

      • Gayle Mallory October 21, 2013 at 8:25 am #

        Morton Sr. High School in Hammond, IN

  4. k.bigbie October 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Mr. Snow was my lawn and auto mechanics teacher in the late seventies.he was an enjoyable teacher to learn from while maintaining proper discipline in the class room.
    The knowledge I learned from him has helped me all throughout my life.he and his wife will be missed in the community very much.

  5. Loretta Crague October 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Every high school kid is suppose to know what career they want to choose for life. After taking Power Mechanics class with Mr. Snow I knew what I would do for the rest of my life. I am currently master diesel tech for Penske Truck Leasing. It is still fun and a challenge to put your hands on and fix a tractor trailer that moves our countries economy. You were more than a teacher you helped shape young men’s morals. I feel you still had a lot of teaching and mentoring left to do . If you measure a man by what he left behind look at the thousands of kids you touched …………………………….

    Class 0f 1977 Rich

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