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February 27, 2013

Police: Man dead 'days' before Walton fire

Dominick L. Bosco had been dead for “several days” when his body was found in the ashes of a Walton house, state police said Tuesday.

The 51-year-old man’s death, along with the death of Randy L. Sundstrom, 49, whose body was found Friday at another Walton property, have been ruled homicides, state police Lt. Erik Dauber said during a briefing at the Troop C headquarters in Unadilla.

“At this point, Debra Sundstrom is the only suspect in disappearance and deaths of these two, but we haven’t ruled out anyone else,” he said.

Officials said Debra S. Sundstrom, 48, killed herself Feb. 19 in Bosco’s residence at 294 John Lockwood Road in the town of Walton, just as the two-story log home erupted in flames.

Two law-enforcement officers — Walton Village Police Chief Brian Laauser and Karl Vagts, a senior investigator for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office — had gone to the John Lockwood Road house to execute a bench warrant for Debra Sundstrom after she failed to appear in court to answer larceny charges, Dauber said.

“They just received information she might be at that residence, which was a seasonal residence,” he said. “She initially answered the door, but … she was only dressed in a nightshirt, so she had asked them if she could have a minute to get changed. She shut the door, and it was within a minute they heard the two shots.”

Dauber said the first shot from the .30-30 rifle killed a dog in the house. The second shot was Debra Sundstrom’s suicide, he said.

“The rifle was located in that residence on Lockwood Road, and that residence was owned by a family member of Dominick Bosco,” Dauber replied when asked about the rifle’s ownership.

Dauber said that the two lawmen entered the house, and that Laauser raced upstairs, where he found Debra Sundstrom’s body. Vagts remained at the bottom of the stairs, Dauber said.

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