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State Police release more information into Walton investigation

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Last week’s arson and suspicious deaths case left State Police with a lot of unanswered questions, but now, new information has been released about a third set of remains that was found in connection with that ongoing investigation in Village of Walton. Elyse Mickalonis has more.

WALTON, N.Y. -- It’s certainly a case with many layers. On Tuesday afternoon, New York State Police offered more details about the third set of remains they found in connection with last week’s arson and suspicious deaths investigation. They believe Randy Sundstrom, 49, was murdered and the key suspect is his wife.

When Debra Sundstrom failed to appear in court for a larceny hearing, it set off a chain of events last week that no one could have predicted. Wednesday, she and another man were found dead in a burnt out home on John Lockwood Road in the Village of Walton. Two days later, police uncovered the remains of her husband.

"At this point, Debra Sundstrom is the only suspect in the disappearance and deaths of these two, but we haven’t ruled out anyone else," said New York State Police Lieutenant Erik Dauber.

On Tuesday, troopers offered more insight about Randy Sundstrom's death. They believe he was killed about three years ago and although the manner and cause of his death have not been determined yet, it’s being ruled a homicide.

Dauber said, "When we looked into finding out when he was last seen, people had said around 2010, so we looked into Debra Sundstom's residence. At that location, we found and located by the use of K-9's that hit on a sealed barrel in the backyard. There were human remains located in the barrel. Those human remains were later identified as those belonging to Randy Sundstrom."

Troopers say Sundstrom was never labeled as a missing person. They initially wanted to speak with him about his wife and that’s when they found out he hadn’t been seen by anyone in years.

"Initially we didn’t know she was married. When we found out she was, we looked into Randy Sundstrom to talk to him and the more we looked, we figured out it had been a while. The last time was February 2010 and that’s when we looked at the marital residence," Dauber said.

Debra's death has been ruled a suicide. Autopsy results showed she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say Dominick Bosco, 51, whose body was also found inside the burnt out home, had been dead for several days. His death remains under investigation, but detectives do believe he and Debra Sundstrom had a relationship.

State Police are urging anyone with information about the case to come forward.

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