One man in custody after triple homicide in Snydertown Borough


SNYDERTOWN BOROUGH, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Three people are dead and a man is in custody after a triple homicide in Northumberland County.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Matthew Reed entered a residence on the 3400 block of Snydertown Road around 12 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, and murdered three people inside.

Police identified the victims 58-year-old Susan Williams, 59-year-old James Dicken and a 17-year-old male.

“It’s just an awful situation. I feel for them. My heart breaks for her dad. I think her dad found them — to see something like that,” Michelle, a neighbor said.

Reed told investigators he went to the residence with the intention of stealing a 1997 Toyota Camry that he was working on purchasing from the victims. Court papers say the victims no longer wanted to sell him the vehicle because they decided to sell it to someone else.

According to police, Reed told them he “snapped” and started shooting, and when he was done all three victims were dead. Reed said he left the scene with the vehicle, then leaving it at a boat launch in Sunbury.

Reed then fled the scene and was later captured by police.

An acquaintance of Reed’s was interviewed and told officers Reed pulled her aside at Haven Ministry Center on Wednesday and admitted to killing three people. Reed told her that if the police came to say that he has been with her and that he didn’t do it.

He was arraigned Thursday morning. The Northumberland County Deputy Coroner said autopsies for the victims are scheduled to be done in Allentown.

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