Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

MA woman's disappearance a homicide

MA woman's disappearance a homicide

Authorities consider Joanne Ringer's disappearance to be a homicide and authorities believe her late husband Chad Reidy responsible, Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless announced Friday.

In an interview with police last week, Reilly admitted she had lied to investigators at Reidy's request about giving him a ride on March 2.

He was found dead April 7 in the garage of the couple's home in Clarksburg, a rural town of about 1,700 residents in western MA on the border with Vermont.

Reidy's ex-girlfriend is facing obstruction of justice charges in the case.

Ringer vanished sometime during the afternoon before her first overnight shift at her new job, as a taxi driver in Easthampton.

Reilly, 42, pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to three counts of misleading police officers. Although no body has been found, they are investigating her disappearance as a homicide.

Reidy is being considered the sole suspect in Ringer's disappearance, according to the DA's office. Her auto was found abandoned there on March 6.

"We have kept hope that Joanne Ringer would be found alive", Capeless said.

Authorities have searched the Clarksburg and Easthampton areas for Ringer with no success, Capeless said. Officials said he committed suicide inside the couple's home about two weeks ago. Friends and relatives said they had tumultuous relationship. Hunters, in particular, could prove helpful, as turkey season begins in MA on April 25, the DA said.

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