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Case File 4332DMPA

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Melvin Elwood Snyder
Missing since May 25, 1985 from Antrim Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing


Vital Statistics

  • Date of birth: July 7, 1942
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 42 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5' 10; 170-220 lbs
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes
  • Scars: Scar on left arm in the shape of a question mark. Scar on left calf muscle.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Not Available
  • Fingerprints: Not Available


Circumstances of Disappearance
Melvin Snyder was last seen in May 1985 at his home near Greencastle, Pa. His truck was found in a parking lot in Reistertown, Maryland, two days later.
His body was never found, but his neighbour, Ronald Harshman was developed as a suspect when police learned Harshman had an affair with Snyder's wife the prior year. Charges were not filed, however, when police were unable to find a body or other evidence that Snyder had actually been killed.

The case was dormant for 15 years even though police said they suspected Harshman of killing Snyder.
Then in 2000, police uncovered a spent shell casing from a .25-caliber gun on the property where Harshman once lived. The shell casing matched one found in Snyder's barn immediately after his disappearance. Based on that evidence, Harshman and Snyder's ex-wife, Joan Snyder Hall, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Charges against Hall were dropped a few days before Harshman's trial began.

Ronald Harshman was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Melvin Snyder in 2001.
No body has been found.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Pennsylvania State Police Troop H - Chambersburg
Cpl Paul McMullen
717-264-5161

Source Information:
The Herald Mail


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