Suspect arrested in Plunk murder

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Arrest in Plunk murder leaves fans all shook up

Elvis conference organizer in custody


Max Aaron Snyder, 51, was arrested today for the murder of Elvis Presley expert Jared Plunk, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department announced. 

Snyder, who founded the "Elvis and the Music of America" conference held in Oxford last week, was taken into custody at the sheriff's department this afternoon, YCSD Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones told reporters.

"The forensic evidence clearly implicates Mr. Snyder," Jones said. "When presented with that evidence, Mr. Snyder made statements acknowledging his involvement in the death of Jared Plunk."

Jones declined to provide specifics on the evidence against Snyder, saying only that the case against him is strong.

Jared Plunk's bloody body was found in the early morning hours of January 2 at the Yoknapatawpha County Convention Center. He had been scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation later that same day about some newly discovered and reportedly controversial documents written by Elvis Presley.

From a childhood fascination to murder

Snyder is originally from Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and was raised to love the King, according to his mother, Mabel Snyder, who still lives with her sister in the house where her son, Max, grew up.

"My sister, Georgia, always did love Elvis," Ms. Snyder said, "and she raised her kids and mine the same way."

When she learned her son had been arrested on murder charges, Ms. Snyder expressed shock.

"I can't believe Max would do something like that. If he did," she added, "that man must've drove him to it."

Neither Plunk's wife, Alison Plunk, nor Snyder's wife, Lindsey Snyder, could be reached for comment.

Max Aaron Snyder is being held at the Yoknapatawpha County Detention Center pending arraignment.

By Kemper Jones at 4:00 PM


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