18 February 2022
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander
 
 
 

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
UPDATE:
State Police have charged Michael J. Snow, 31, of Massena, NY, with one count
 of murder 2nd degree. He was arraigned in the town of Potsdam court and was remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail with no bail. 
 
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UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Elizabeth Howell, 21, Patterson, NY. 

The investigation is ongoing but the preliminary investigation has determined this appears to be a isolated incident.
 
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The New York State Police is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the village of Potsdam.

On February 18, 2022, at about 5:51 p.m., Potsdam Police responded to a report of an unconscious female on College Park Road in the village. Responding patrols located the 21-year-old victim lying on the side of the road with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Canton Potsdam Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

At the request of the Potsdam Police Department, the State Police is leading the investigation into this incident. Police are asking anyone who may have information about the case to call Potsdam Police at 315-265-2121.

State Police and Potsdam Police are being assisted by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, the University Police Department at SUNY Potsdam, and federal Homeland Security Investigations. 

Further updates will be provided here on the online newsroom.

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