Remains of two children found on rural property in Hepburn Township

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HEPBURN TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A search for two missing children in Lycoming County has come to a tragic end.

Old Lycoming Township police confirm that the remains of two small children have been found after a two-day long search.

Investigators say this all began back in September when Lycoming Children and Youth began investigating Marie Snyder for allegedly neglecting her youngest child. That investigation led to questions about the unknown whereabouts of her two daughters, who haven’t been seen since 2015.

Snyder told officials the two children were staying with a friend out of state but wouldn’t identify the friend or their location.

On Thursday, she and her girlfriend, Echo Butler, were taken into custody and charged with endangering the welfare of children and obstruction in child abuse cases. Court records state her youngest child, a seven-year old boy, could only count to 10 and was not potty-trained.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI were seen with shovels and some in protective suits searching for the remains of her two missing daughters believed to be buried at her home on Livermore Road.

Sunday afternoon, police confirmed two bodies of small children were found. They say those remains will be sent to a forensic pathologist for further analysis.

Officials say Snyder’s seven-year old son is in the custody of Lycoming Children and Youth. The Old Lycoming Township police chief tells Eyewitness News a press conference with more information will be held sometime this week.

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