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Putnam Visitor Kendra Snoddy Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances

by Lesa Conway

   Kendra Douglas Snoddy, mother of 3, visited Putnam county FL for a couple of days just after the 4th of July holiday. She had enjoyed a happy 4th with her daughters and her brother, Deputy Mark Douglas of the Indian River Sheriff’s Department. Mark had thrown a party and Kendra attended. She brought her daughters and a friend. The man with Kendra was a previous boyfriend from her teenage years. They had gone their separate ways for the past 25 years and had managed to re-connect just a few months before. Kendra’s brother Mark says he had not seen Tom Shumacher in the interim 25 yrs either but was leery of him and their relationship.

   After leaving Mark’s home in Vero Beach FL, Kendra and Tom made their way to Interlachen where Tom had been residing. Kendra had previously gotten acquainted with Tom’s friends, Jon Carlson, and his two room mates Billy Robertson and Julie Chaffe. Just after 12:10 pm on Monday, July 5th, Kendra’s daughters lost contact with her. Deputy Douglas says “Kendra was the type that if she received a text from the girls she would answer within seconds. That’s how connected they were to one another”. When further attempts to reach Kendra went unanswered her family became concerned.

   Sources say that Kendra was seen at the Eagles Lodge on State Road 20 in Interlachen on Tuesday afternoon into early evening. She arrived in the company of Jon & Julie. People who were present state that Jon & Julie were so intoxicated that they both vomited on Lodge premises. Kendra also appeared extremely intoxicated and sources say witnesses were in fear for her safety and well-being. When the trio left the lodge they were heading to Jon’s house. He was hosting a party there and was expecting several people.

   Later that night or early the next morning a 911 call was placed to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Kendra was dead, victim of an overdose or so some are claiming. Kendra’s remains were  at Tom Shumacher’s residence, 106 Maverick Dr, Interlachen. That location is just blocks away from where the party was held. It is almost the exact mid-point between the Eagles Lodge and Jon Carlson’s home as well.

   By the next day rumors started to swirl about what had really happened to Kendra Snoddy. Some claimed that she had been experiencing overdose symptoms while at the party and was removed by Jon, Tom, & Billy to another location so that she wouldn’t die on Carlson’s property. Others said that Kendra had been taken close to a lake and abandoned.

    When Shumacher was interviewed by PCSO he claimed she had taken an overdose of her own medication. He said he found her in his bed with 3 empty pill bottles and claimed it was a suicide. Kendra’s brother Mark says they will know for sure once the toxicology reports come back in about 6 weeks. He also says he and his parents in no way believe that Kendra would willingly ingest all of those pills or try to commit suicide. Kendra has been described as a sweet, loving person who loved her daughters and was very close with them. Her family and friends in no way believe that she would choose to leave them, especially in that manner.

  When I spoke with Mark, he revealed to me that their father is a veteran Funeral Home Director. Both he and Mark have had extensive experience with death and human remains. Both men feel due to the conditions of Kendra’s remains, she may have been deceased for up to 24 hours longer then what is being reported to law enforcement. They also believe that Kendra was relocated after her death. Mark says he would not be shocked to hear that Kendra was abandoned during the last hours as she struggled for her life.

  Another source stated that “Tom Shumacher has left town and Jon, Billy, & Julie continue to party on as if nothing has happened. They think they are covering their tracks with this overdose story.”

    The Douglas family is very grateful for information about Kendra’s death. Mark would like for people to know that there will be a cash reward given in exchange for information that leads to an arrest and conviction should it be determined that Kendra was left to die rather than call for medical aid or had been moved either prior to or after her death. They love Kendra and mourn her passing.

    Kendra will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. Vero Beach, FL. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. G. Timothy Womack officiating. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach, FL.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory Vero Beach, FL. A guest book may be signed at http://www.strunkfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 5011 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Kendra

If you have any information about Kendra Douglas Snoddy or her death please contact Putnam County Sheriff’s Department or Indian River Sheriff’s Department.

Putnam County Sheriff
Jeff Hardy jhardy@putnamsheriff.org
Toll Free, Non-Emergency Calls / General Information 1-800-426-9975

You may also forward tips to HollysGmom@yahoo.com



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Movie Review: Black Snake Moan; By Craig Brewer: Life Imitating Art Imitating Life; A Survivor’s Perspective Pt IV

Movie Review: Black Snake Moan; By Craig Brewer: Life Imitating Art Imitating Life; A Survivor’s Perspective Pt IV


I will be continuing this series to the movies completion. I have literally over 40 pages of hand-written content & links ready. Expect the finishing segments this week! We’re only at chapter 3 of the BSM DVD, there’s a lot more to come! Remaining articles to be posted, in full, here at INN.

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Update: Aja Johnson, Age 7, Abducted From Oklahoma

  When I first learned of Aja Johnson & her abduction I had been doing research for the Haleigh Cummings case. As I clicked back to the Main page of  the BNN (bloggernews.net) website I saw Jan Barrett’s article about Aja’s Amber Alert. After reading the article, found there, I watched videos of Aja’s father, John Johnson, pleading for his young daughter’s return. It was heartbreaking & gut-wrenching to watch. I immediately started doing some investigative work into both Tonya Hobbs & Lester Hobbs. I linked up many different links for Lester Hobbs and a few for Tonya. I also pulled public records & previous addresses for Lester. I found Lester’s extensive arrest records as well as some social media groups that both Lester & Tonya were members of. None of this, however, has led us to Aja. 

 Detectives working on the case have made these recent comments: 

OSBI agent Richard Goss said he’s “never seen two people and a car so completely disappear.” and “Goss said there have been no legitimate sightings of the car – which he calls “the elephant” in the search.”  per Goss http://www.kauz.com/news/local/84273127.html 

It is now believed that Lester Hobbs ay have dyed both his & Aja’s hair in an effort to disguise himself & the girl.   

“Johnson said he believes that Hobbs has probably dyed his hair and Aja’s hair black in order to change their appearance.” per http://www.koco.com/news/22395246/detail. 

In a recent Press Statement the Comanche County Sheriff states that “nothing is off the table” in regard to The search for Aja. “The hot line has even received calls from psychics.”We’re looking at everything,” Stradley said. “We just keep asking for the public’s help.” 

To me, this is very good news.  It means that they are staying open minded to various avenues of information and may be willing to consider new or unconventional sources of information.  This statement could open the door for a few psychic or paranormal sources who may be able to offer some information towards the goal of finding Aja. Some of the gifted people who are already working to help locate Aja through unconventional means is Brian Ladd of briansdreams.com and Gale St John of psychicgalestjohn.com  both have been working to help locate missing persons for several years now. Brian already has a case file open for Aja full of dream info, drawings, and media releases. Recently, via a personal request for Gale to open a file for Aja, her assistant replied:  

 “Thank you for your request to open a new case.
Gale works closely with Brian on many cases.  I will forward your request to her and hopefully she will be able to shed some light on Aja’s case.”

I know that Brian and Gale with members of her team work together on various Missing Person Cases. I started visiting their websites back during the searches for Caylee Anthony in August of 2008. SInce then I have followed their case files  for Adji Desir, Haleigh Cummings, Somer Thompson, Marc Anthony Bookal, and a few others. I can’t say for sure that Brian and/or Gale will be able to bring Aja home, but it can’t hurt to try. Personally, I’m willing to stay open to any option in order to reach our goal.

 Authorities have surmised that Lester Hobbs has another person aiding him.

“Really, it boils down to two things,” Goss said. “Hobbs is either receiving aid from a person or persons we’ve not yet identified, or he’s isolated himself somewhere with the automobile.”

If this is true, that person is in grave danger. Hobbs is a very violent & dangerous man. If you or someone you know has information about Lester Hobbs or Aja Johnson you can contact the authorities by:

  • Calling 911
  • Call 1-800-843-5678
  • 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • 1-800-CRIME-TV  America’s Most Wanted Tip line

 The next update will include media links and maps of the area she disappeared from. 






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