Mom accused of having sex with dog and hanging her kids in basement could be nailed by car bluetooth system
Authorities want to analyze the vehicle's infotainment system for detailed information about calls and texts Lisa Rachelle Synder made around the time of her two children's deaths
ALBANY, PENNSYLVANIA: Authorities investigating the deaths of two children who were found hanging in the basement of their home last year believe the "infotainment" system in the mother's car may have evidence pointing to her guilt.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Lisa Rachelle Synder, 36, had been arrested over the deaths of her two children, Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 6, after they were found unresponsive in the basement of their Albany Township home on September 23 last year.
First responders had found the children hanging three feet apart from the opposite ends of a dog leash that was wrapped around the main support beam in the basement. Two chairs were also found tipped on the floor on either side of the victims. Both were in full cardiac arrest as they were flown to a nearby hospital, and while they were briefly revived en route, they were taken off life support three days later and declared dead just 14 minutes apart.
Snyder was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children in connection to their deaths, as well as animal cruelty, and sexual intercourse with a dog after it was found she had sent sexually explicit pictures of herself having oral sex with the dog to an unknown man named 'Daddy.'
The 36-year-old has denied the charges and continued to maintain her innocence, but newly released court records obtained by the Morning Call show that investigators believe her car's Bluetooth system may hold the answer to unlocking the case.
The Bluetooth system is said to have been connected to her cellphone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which she allegedly used to order the dog lead found wrapped around the necks of her children, and which she claimed had been lost on the day they hanged themselves. Court records state police believe Snyder "intentionally destroyed or discarded" and had even "joked" to a friend "about the cops looking for her phone."
In a search warrant return filed this week, State Trooper Daniel Womer wrote that investigators had learned in recent months about how Synder used Bluetooth to connect her cellphone to her car while driving. He said he wanted to have the vehicle's infotainment system analyzed for current and detailed information about calls and texts the mother made around the time of her children's deaths.
He also said he wanted to analyze her internet searches, which were previously revealed to have included phrases such as "hanging yourself," "how long to die" from carbon monoxide, and the Investigation Discovery true-crime television series 'Almost Got Away With It.'
The search warrant records showed that detectives were still looking into Snyder’s purchase of the dog lead as well, and were combining records at the Walmart in Tilden Township where Snyder picked up the lead after ordering it online. They are looking into the store’s inventory and restocking practices.
Synder is currently being held at the Berks County Jail and is scheduled to make her next court appearance before Berks County Judge Paul Yatron on June 29.