Homicide victim identification released; Coroner says he was stabbed multiple times

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WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — UPDATE: Tazewell County Coroner Charlie Hanley released the identification of the man allegedly killed on Monday in Washington.

Hanley said 41-year-old Joshua R. Snyder, of Washington, died from multiple stab wounds.

Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:33 p.m. Monday.

Police in Washington haven’t had a violent homicide investigation since 1996.

Now officers are investigating two killings within two weeks.

Police said these cases are completely separate and people shouldn’t be worried about an upcoming crime spree.

A seemingly quiet neighborhood, draped with crime scene tape, is now the place of Washington’s most recent homicide investigation.

“Most problems we have in this neighborhood are speeders,” said Daniel Luthi who lives nearby the alleged murder, which happened on the 600 block of East Holland Street.

Police chief Mike McCoy said 32-year-old Jordan Hyde murdered his roommate, 41-year-old Joshua R. Snyder, by stabbing him with a knife in their apartment.

“Upon entering the bedroom, they found a white male lying on the floor and it appeared he had been deceased,” Chief McCoy said.

Hyde was taken into custody after he was found walking about two miles from the apartment.

“Police approached the subject who was covered with a red substance, which appeared to be consistent with that of blood. He was taken to the Washington Police Department, interviewed, and transferred to the Tazewell County Jail,” McCoy said.

McCoy said his officers received a call from a neighbor saying Hyde’s apartment door was open and the apartment appeared to be in shambles.

McCoy said that’s where they found Hyde’s roommate dead on the floor of a bedroom with apparent stab wounds.

Luthi said Washington isn’t used to this violent of a crime.

“This is a pretty quiet, safe neighborhood, ya know? In Washington, we’re used to our own little bubble,” Luthi said.

This is the second homicide investigation in Washington in less than two weeks, but Mayor Gary Manier said homeowners don’t need to be worried about more violence to come.

“Obviously, you never want it to happen here, and when it does, I’ve been here my whole life, you’ll never forget these days when you get an announcement they’ve found a body in your community,” Manier said.

Mayor Manier said he’s thankful for the quick action taken by officers. Chief McCoy tells WMBD they had Jordan Hyde in custody within two hours after finding the body.

Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stu Umholtz told WMBD his office plans to file charges Wednesday.

McCoy said his detectives have multiple persons of interest in the alleged killing of Kyle McMurtrey. He was found dead in a drainage ditch two weeks ago.

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A Washington man has been charged with first-degree murder after a body was found in an apartment Monday.

Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy said police were dispatched Monday to a complaint of an open door at an apartment on Holland Street about 12:30 p.m. where they found a man dead. McCoy said police spoke with local residents near the scene of the crime and learned that the suspect walked about two miles away from the scene. Police found the suspect covered in blood and took him to the station for questioning.

McCoy identified the suspect as 32-year-old Jordan J. Hyde of Washington. He also revealed the cause of death to be stab wounds.

McCoy said Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley is still conducting the autopsy and that the identity of the victim is expected to be released later Thursday.

McCoy said Hyde and the victim were roommates. No official motive for the murder has been released.

McCoy said Hyde was charged with first-degree murder and sent to the Tazewell County Jail. He said Hyde is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning.

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