‘We never heard a sound’

Joel Lawrence Clow not in court as his charge of mur­der is set over to Aug. 19

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIGEL ARMSTRONG

A man fac­ing mur­der charges will stay be­hind bars un­til he re­turns to court next month.

Joel Lawrence Clow was not in the court room on Mon­day in Char­lot­te­town as de­fence lawyer Thane MacEach­ern asked for an ad­journ­ment.

“There is a lot of ma­te­rial to process,” said Crown pros­e­cu­tor Va­lerie Moore.

Judge Nancy Orr set the next court date for Clow for Wed­nes­day, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Mean­while, at the crime scene in Pleas­ant Grove po­lice re­mained at work Mon­day morn­ing.

Po­lice tape re­mained up, pre­vent­ing ac­cess to the prop­erty, a uni­formed RCMP of­fi­cer guarded the scene and other of­fi­cers were out with clip­boards mak­ing notes.

Neigh­bours did not want their names pub­lished, but told The Guardian that the mur­der

of Traci Lynch hap­pened very late Thurs­day, around mid­night.

The sus­pect, Joel Lawrence Clow, had a pet dog and dogs were in homes all around the area but neigh­bours said it was very sur­pris­ing the no dogs took to bark­ing when the in­ci­dent was un­fold­ing.

“We were up un­til about 1 a.m. and it was quiet,” said a neigh­bour. “We never heard a sound.”

All re­mained quiet through the night, said neigh­bours. Some of them saw Lynch off the prop­erty, near a trailer home across from the crime scene but did not think it was a po­lice mat­ter at that point.

“Maybe that was her try­ing to go for help,” said a neigh­bour. “You hear them out now and again, rows, and all-nighters. He al­ways was a live-wire, ba­si­cally.”

No one paid at­ten­tion un­til about 2 p.m. Fri­day when a fam­ily mem­ber came to check the home across from the mur­der scene and found blood on the prop­erty, said a neigh­bour.

That led across the road to Clow’s home. The dis­cov­ery of the body hap­pened shortly af­ter.

Foren­sic units be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing and the po­lice dog was called and soon found a trail.

“He was in the back woods, hid­ing,” said a neigh­bour. “It didn’t take long to find him and then we heard a strug­gle.”

Other neigh­bours re­port see­ing tac­ti­cal of­fi­cers hold­ing car­bine guns mov­ing into the area around the Clow home late Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Clow now re­mains in jail and is also fac­ing other charges, those of ut­ter­ing threats to kill or harm a per­son and ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer from an in­ci­dent on April 15 this year.

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Po­lice spent the week­end at a crime scene in Pleas­ant Grove. On Mon­day, Joel Lawrence Clow was held into cus­tody un­til his next court ap­pear­ance on Aug. 19.

SUB­MIT­TED

Neigh­bour Rod­ney Payne took this photo Fri­day as the RCMP was at the scene of a mur­der in Pleas­ant Grove. Po­lice could be seen comb­ing the area with high-pow­ered ri­fles.

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