Massena, New York’s Michael Snow accused of shooting Patterson’s Elizabeth Howell


Michael J. Snow, 31, of Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States has been arrested. He is accused of fatal shooting of Elizabeth Howell, 21, of Patterson, Putnam County, New York near the State University of New York at Potsdam in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County.

At around 6:00 p.m. on February 18, 2022, Howell was found lying with gunshot wounds on the side of College Park Road in Potsdam. She was rushed to Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, where she was pronounced dead.


Snow is neither a student nor an employee of SUNY Potsdam. He is not an alumnus of the university either.

On February 19, 2022, the New York State Police arrested Snow. He was charged with one count of murder in the second degree.

The Massena resident was arraigned in the Town of Potsdam Court in Potsdam. He was remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail in Canton, St. Lawrence County with no bail.


Howell was a music education student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She was supposed to graduate before 2023.

As a cellist, Howell performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not she and Snow knew each other.


Potsdam has an area of 103.4 square miles. It is a cultural and educational hub of the northern part of New York.

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is not the only university in Potsdam. The town is also home to Clarkson University, which was established in 1896.

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