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Albuquerque homicide featured on true crime series

In this July 2011 photo, Ellen Snyder is handcuffed by a Metropolitan Detention Center officer in the courtroom of Judge Kenneth Martinez, who sentenced her to 11 years in prison for killing her husband, Mike Snyder. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Albuquerque mechanic Mike Snyder disappeared in 2002, it was a whodunit for eight years.

The real life murder mystery has been made into a true crime special for the TV series “American Monster.” It will air for the first time at 10 p.m. Sunday on Investigation Discovery.

Ellen Snyder, Snyder’s wife, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in July 2011.

Michael Snyder

Mike Snyder, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, was preparing to leave his wife at the time of his disappearance, his family said, according to Journal archives. He was reported missing several months after he was last seen by relatives, but there was little police could do because there was no trace of his body.

It would take six years for cold case detectives to begin investigating. In 2010, investigators found Snyder’s remains buried eight feet deep in his backyard in North Albuquerque Acres. He had been shot multiple times, and Ellen Snyder would later give a full confession, according to Journal archives. According to police, she persuaded her teenage son from a different marriage to help her hide the body.

The true crime special will include interviews with two of Snyder’s sisters and a retired Albuquerque police detective. It will also use home video footage to tell the tale, according to a news release.

“American Monster” is described as a series that examines in depth details of killers who commit shocking and surprising crimes.

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