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Detectives make third arrest in Bret Snow homicide investigation


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On Oct. 31, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detective Lyle Johnston requested charges of leading organized crime and criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping for 37-year-old Cheryl L. Sutton in relation to the ongoing Bret Snow homicide investigation.

To date, Bret Snow’s remains have not been located, said Deputy Mark Gregory, police spokesman

“As this investigation continues, we again are asking for the public’s help with any information regarding this incident or that may help detectives locate the remains of Bret Snow,” Gregory said.

Through information gleaned during this nearly two-year investigation, Sutton is believed to have organized, managed, and directed several persons to engage in criminal activity for profit. In addition, these activities led to a criminal conspiracy which resulted in the kidnapping and murder of an associate, Bret Snow.

On Nov. 1, Sutton pleaded guilty in Federal Court to charges of distribution of controlled substances and was sentenced to 120 months stemming from a Spokane Regional Drug Task Force investigation. SRDTF investigators have been working with Spokane Valley Major Crimes detectives in this joint investigation.

On Sunday, Sutton, who was already in custody at the Spokane County Jail due to a U.S. Marshal mold was booked for first-degree murder, leading organized crime, first-degree conspiracy to commit kidnapping and first-degree kidnapping.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or can assist in locating Snow’s remains, is urged to call Major Crimes Detective Lyle Johnston at 477-3191.

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