Police: Veterinarian killed pregnant mistress

/ Source: The Associated Press

A married veterinarian furious over his mistress' pregnancy shot the woman three times before dumping her body in a nature preserve, authorities said Tuesday.

State police arrested David Rapoport, 30, in last week's shooting death of Jennifer Snyder, whose body was discovered Friday in a wooded ravine in the Trexler Nature Preserve in North Whitehall Township, near Allentown. Snyder, 27, had been shot once in the back and twice in the head.

Bullet casings from the scene matched a gun officers recovered from Rapoport's vehicle, Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin said.

According to court documents, police believe Rapoport killed Snyder on Wednesday, then dumped her blood-soaked car behind a professional building about two miles from where the woman's body was found doused in bleach and wrapped in a blanket and trash bags bound with duct tape.

Surveillance video from the building appears to show Rapoport getting out of Snyder's vehicle on Wednesday afternoon and tossing a bottle of bleach into the trash nearby, police said. Blood-spattered duct tape and a handgun were recovered from Rapoport's vehicle, according to police.

When questioned by police, Rapoport initially denied any recent contact with Snyder but later acknowledged having a relationship with her and not wanting his wife to know about it.

Snyder's roommate said the victim left her apartment in Lower Macungie on Wednesday and was planning to meet Rapoport. She wasn't seen after that and was reported missing after she failed to show up for an obstetrician appointment Thursday morning. An autopsy determined she was two months pregnant with a boy.

Rapoport, of Lansdale, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of homicide and homicide of an unborn child and held without bail. He did not have an attorney, court officials said.

Snyder had been a technician at a veterinary hospital in Lower Macungie Township. Rapoport is listed as an employee of a veterinary hospital in Harleysville. Snyder's roommate told police they had previously worked together.

Martin said it was too early to say if he would seek the death penalty in the case.