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February 26, 2013

Third body found in Walton fire case

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

The men heard two gunshots and rushed into the house, where they found Debra Sundstrom dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. But they were forced to flee when they realized the house was on fire, state police said.

Bosco’s remains were found in the home’s basement after firefighters extinguished the blaze, which has been ruled arson.

Van Auken said the investigation is continuing. A trooper was posted at the Sundstroms’ home Monday, indicating that it is still considered an active crime scene.

State police are asking that any acquaintances of Randy Sundstrom — or anyone familiar with his movements in 2009 and 2010 — contact them at 561-7400. All calls will be kept confidential, they said.