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February 26, 2013

Third body found in Walton fire case

A third body has been found at another location in the aftermath of a Walton fire where two sets of remains were found last week, state police said Monday. They also identified the second set of remains found at the fire scene.  

The latest remains were identified as those of Randy L. Sundstrom, 49, the husband of Debra S. Sundstrom, 48. She apparently committed suicide last week in a house at 294 John Lockwood Road in the town of Walton just before it was engulfed in flames.

Randy Sundstrom’s remains were found at 1884 South River Road in the town of Walton. Tax records show both Sundstroms as the property’s owners. State Police Lt. Jeffrey Van Auken would only say Monday that Randy Sundstrom’s remains were found “on the property.”

Dr. James Terzian, a forensic pathologist at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, ruled the death a homicide, state police said, but  could not determine its cause.

Van Auken said an exact cause may never be determined, at least partly because the investigation had determined that Randy Sundstrom died three years ago — in February 2010. Van Auken added that, as far as he knew, the man had not been reported missing.

The second set of remains found at John Lockwood Road house last Tuesday were identified Monday as those of Dominick L. Bosco, 51, who lived there. State police  said they had not determined how Bosco died.

The case began as two law-enforcement officials — Walton Police Chief Brian Laauser and Karl Vagts, a senior investigator for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office — apparently prepared to execute a bench warrant for Debra Sundstrom, who apparently had failed to make a court appearance on grand larceny charges brought last month in the village of Walton, according to a Delaware County official.

Debra Sundstrom was arrested on five counts of grand larceny Jan. 28.

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