In 1994, 2-year-old John Snyder, Jr. (pictured below), was murdered, his body found abandoned in a river. His father stated at the time that he put his son to bed and found him missing the next morning. Though his father was suspected of committing the crime, no charges were ever filed.
In 2000, an investigator re-opened the case, hoping new technologies could pull samples of DNA from the child’s diaper and pajamas. These new samples became the turning point in the case as, in 2012, Michael Jason Cisneros, 37, submitted DNA while serving time for OWI. This DNA proved to be a match to the new samples from John Snyder, Jr’s, clothing, and, on July 15, 2013, 19 years after the boy’s murder, Cisneros was charged with murder.
Credit has been given to the detectives who worked the case in 1994. One said he wished today’s technology had been available when they were working on the case.
The evidence collection in this case led to the possible conviction of a man who murdered a two-year-old. Without the careful collection and preservation of John’s diaper and pajamas, Cisneros may have never been brought to justice.