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Couple arrested after mom’s daughters, ages 6 and 4, found buried in backyard


Mother and her partner are arrested after her two daughters, ages 6 and 4, who were last seen alive in 2015 are found BURIED in shallow graves in couple’s backyard

  • Marie Snyder, 32, her partner Echo Butler, 26, and Butler’s mother, Michele Butler, 48, charged with child endangerment and obstruction
  • All three women were arrested in connection with the deaths of Snyder’s daughters, 6-year-old Nicole Snyder and 4-year-old Jasmine Snyder 
  • Nicole and Jasmine, who were last seen alive in 2015, were found buried in 2-foot-deep graves in Snyder’s backyard in Pennsylvania
  • No one has been charged in girls’ deaths but police have launched a homicide investigation  










A Pennsylvania mother, her live-in girlfriend and a relative have been arrested after the bodies of the woman’s two young daughters who had been missing for six years were discovered buried in their backyard, in what police are calling ‘a travesty of colossal proportions.’ 

Authorities identified the remains of 6-year-old Nicole Snyder and 4-year-old Jasmine Snyder on Monday. Officials say that the older sister was buried in 2016 and the younger one was buried in 2017.

The girls’ mother, 32-year-old Marie Snyder, and her partner Echo Butler, 26, were arrested last week on charges of child endangerment and obstruction in Lycoming County.

Butler’s mother, 48-year-old Michele Butler, was booked into the county jail on Tuesday on the same counts as her daughter and Snyder.

Marie Snyder, 32

Echo Butler, 26

Marie Snyder, 32 (left), and her partner, Echo Butler, 26 (right), have been charged with child endangerment and obstruction after the discovery of the bodies of Snyder’s two missing daughters, 6-year-old Nicole Snyder and 4-year-old Jasmine Snyder

Police found the girls' bodies buried in 2-foot-deep graves in the backyard of Snyder and Butler's home in Old Lycoming Township, Pennsylvania

Police found the girls’ bodies buried in 2-foot-deep graves in the backyard of Snyder and Butler’s home in Old Lycoming Township, Pennsylvania 

No charges are currently filed in Nicole and Jasmine’s deaths, but authorities have opened a homicide investigation. 

The girls’ bodies were transported Monday to Erie for examination by a forensic anthropologist, officials said. 

Butler's mother, 48-year-old Michele Butler, was booked into the county jail on the same counts as her daughter and Snyder

Butler’s mother, 48-year-old Michele Butler, was booked into the county jail on the same counts as her daughter and Snyder

‘Both DA [Ryan] Gardner and I agree that this situation is a travesty of colossal proportions,’ said Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Chris Kriner, ‘and this investigation will not conclude until all evidence is gathered and analyzed, interviews are conducted and justice on behalf of the two deceased innocent girls is achieved.’ 

The Children and Youth Services department earlier took custody of a son for care. In early September, the agency began investigating after reports of concerns about ‘educational issues’ involving the 7-year-old son who was not attending school and was not toilet trained, Kriner said. 

Officials then learned that Snyder had two other children who were unaccounted for, and last month sought help from police, he said.

Authorities said the father of the girls, Joshua Snyder, reported last having seen them in 2015, the same year as their last contact with medical, court or other personnel. 

Robert Mausteller of the township police department said officials were allegedly told in September that the girls were being homeschooled and staying with a friend but they never got a name, reported PAHomepage.com.

Snyder and Butler lived in this trailer home on Livermore Road with Butler's parents

Snyder and Butler lived in this trailer home on Livermore Road with Butler’s parents 

Joshua Snyder (left), Jasmine and Nicole's father, said he had not seen them since 2015

Joshua Snyder (left), Jasmine and Nicole’s father, said he had not seen them since 2015 

Marie Snyder was arrested at her Clinton County workplace November 4 and refused to provide information about the whereabouts of the missing girls, Kriner said. 

Butler initially denied knowing what happened to her girlfriend’s daughters, but later admitted she ‘knew the truth regarding their circumstances,’ according to an affidavit. 

Her property in the 600 block of Livermore Road was searched several times over the next few days and the remains were found over the weekend in 2-foot-deep graves.

Kriner said he and the county district attorney consider it ‘a terrible, horrific situation’. He said other agencies including state police and the FBI assisted in the search.

All three women were ordered held without bail pending a November 17 preliminary hearing. 

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