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JONATHAN BERGMUELLER / Sun-Gazette Investigations into the Hepburn Township property continued through Sunday.

Investigators concluded their search for a property in the Township of Hepburn with the discovery of two sets of remains linked to a child endangerment case.

Both appear to be from young children, according to Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Chris Kriner.

Police and detectives from the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office believe the recovered remains are most likely those of Marie Snyder’s children, who have not been seen since 2015, and are now investigating the incident as a homicide .

The FBI attended the scene to search for the remains; one was found on Saturday and the other on Sunday. The children’s remains were sent to a medical examiner for further analysis.

Snyder, 32, of 653 Livermore Road, was arrested last week on charges of endangering children and obstructing a child abuse investigation alongside her romantic partner, Echo Butler.

Snyder’s son has been taken into custody and is in good health, according to previous press releases from Old Lycoming Township Police.

Old Lycoming Township Police Robert Mausteller said Children and Youth Services attempted to contact Snyder to determine the whereabouts of his two daughters for two months after a health care provider reported concerns about the boy’s neglect in early September.

The girls were reportedly last seen by their father, Joshua Snyder, in 2015, and the last time they had contact with medical, legal or other personnel was that year as well.

Another resident of 653 Livermore Road later reportedly told police that while Snyder’s son had lived at that address since 2015, the two daughters were living at the residence of an unknown friend out of state, according to Mausteller.

Meanwhile, neighbors reportedly told officers in Old Lycoming Township that if they had seen Snyder’s son in custody, they had not seen his daughters, Mausteller said.

Snyder reportedly told Children and Youth Services that her two daughters were staying with a friend because she did not have a bed and refused to provide the friend’s name on several occasions in September, according to Mausteller.

The last such occasion would have occurred on September 25, when Children and Youth Services spoke with Echo Butler at the Livermore Road residence, and Snyder on the phone. The next day, the owner of the building, Ronald Butler, reportedly told Children and Youth Services that Snyder, his son and Butler had packed their things and left the day before.

Snyder and Butler were arrested by a joint United States Marshal’s Service and Lycoming County Sheriff’s Fugitive Task Force on an arrest warrant from the former Lycoming Township police.

State police and county detectives assisted with the final search warrant to locate the girls’ suspected remains on Hepburn Township property.

District Judge William Solomon arrested the two women after their arrest on November 4.

“This continues to be an active investigation. Additional information may be provided later. Kriner told the media.

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