Mason City Police: Arrest Made in 1994 Homicide

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MASON CITY, IA – Mason City Police, along with state officials announced this afternoon they’ve made an arrest in the 1994 murder of a one-year-old boy.

Police say they issued an arrest warrant and now have Michael Cisneros in custody for the murder of then 20 month-old, John Joseph Snyder Junior.

“On Friday, July 12, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Cisneros charging him with 1st Degree Murder involving the death of Snyder Jr. Cisneros is in custody and being transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail,” said Chief Michael Lashbrook of the Mason City Police Department.

Evidence taken from the child’s pajama bottoms wasn’t tested initially, because such technology didn’t exist.

That evidence remained in the case file until it was tested in early 2000.
but that changed recently.

On December 2, 2002 the Mason City Police Department was able to submit the evidence associated with this case and get D-N-A analysis.

As a regulation for convicted felons, Cisneros was required to give a DNA sample to the IOwa Department of Criminal Investigation lab for entry into their database known as CODIS.

Earlier this year, a search of the CODIS system found a match between Cisneros and the sample taken from the evidence found on Snyder Junior’s pajama bottoms.

“Numerous people of interest have been scrutinized, including Michael Cisneros. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the hard-working dedicated officers, many of who have retired for their determination and diligence in this case,” said Lashbrook.

Officers say it’s simply about bringing some sort of relief to the family and all those affected through this long and trying investigation.

“Was it not for their hard work back in 1994 and since, it would not be possible to bring justice for this little boy. At this time too, I would like to say that our thoughts and prayers go out to the Snyder family. I know this is something that has been a big part of their lives for the past 19 years too and hopefully there will be some closure,” said Lashbrook.

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