Coroner confirms murder-suicide

The deaths of a man and woman found in southern Johnson County have been confirmed as a murder-suicide.

An autopsy on Monday showed that Jonie Snider, 36, died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner was ruled a homicide. And Gregory McCray, 48, also died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner was ruled a suicide, Johnson County Deputy Coroner Dave Lutz said.

Snider and McCray lived in a mobile home together in Countryview Mobile Home Community in Franklin, but investigators do not believe they were in a relationship, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Both had left notes at the home. Cox declined to discuss the details of what was included in those notes.

Investigators are not sure if Snider knew what was going to happen when she got out of the vehicle near Schoolhouse Road and County Road 550S, where a deer watcher later found their bodies, Cox said.

Investigators aren’t sure if the two had made a pact, or if she fought him, Cox said.

Family members have told police Snider would have put up a fight, but investigators found no signs of a struggle at the home or in the vehicle, Cox said.

Police may never know what actually happened, Cox said.

What they do know is that McCray shot Snider in the head, and then turned the gun on himself, Cox said.

The sheriff’s office began investigating the deaths after the bodies were found near the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area on Saturday morning.

Police also found a gun in between them on the ground. Cox said he does not know who the gun belongs to.

Investigators are still awaiting the results of lab testing to show if either Snider or McCray had any drugs or alcohol in their system, Cox said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.