‘We never heard a sound’
Joel Lawrence Clow not in court as his charge of murder is set over to Aug. 19
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.
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.
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.