Family: Pa. slaying victim, 27, was pregnant

March 21, 2011 2:40:01 PM PDT
Family members say a woman found shot to death at a Lehigh County nature preserve had recently learned she was pregnant.

The body of Jennifer Snyder was found Friday in a wooded ravine in the Trexler Nature Preserve in North Whitehall Township. She had been shot multiple times.

Snyder's aunt, Trina Angelovich, told Action News that her niece announced her pregnancy at a family birthday a few weeks ago. Snyder also announced the news of her pregnancy on her Facebook page.

"She was so excited about her baby. And, as a family, we were all excited. We were already talking about a baby shower," Angelovich said.

Snyder was last seen alive shortly before noon last Wednesday at the Maple Hills Veterinary Hospital in Allentown where she both worked and lived.

Thursday was to have been Snyder's first ultrasound. When she didn't make that appointment or contact her family, there was concern.

"She didn't show up for her ultrasound appointment that she was extremely excited about," said Angelovich.

On Thursday, police discovered her car in an industrial park near Schnecksville about seven miles to the north. Police say blood and spent bullet cartridges were found as well.

On Friday morning, Snyder's body was found in a ravine near the nature preserve. She was shot multiple times.

Police have not said if they have any suspects or a motive in this case.

While remembering Snyder, Angelovich said her niece's connection to animals was more than just a job - it was a passion. Angelovich said she had a soft spot for animals that society gave up.

So, Snyder's family has established a memorial fund, with money to be used to develop a no-kill animal shelter.

"Her biggest thing was wanting to save the ones that nobody else wanted, one she said were really on 'death row," Angelovich said.

Donations can be sent to:

Jennifer Lindsey Snyder Memorial Fund
c/o Jim Thorpe National Bank
12 Broadway
Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229