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Human remains identified as missing Berkshire County woman

March 01, 2018 08:32 PM

PITTSFIELD - UPDATE: The Berkshire County District Attorney's office announced Thursday evening that human remains found Wednesday in Hatfield, Massachusetts are those of missing woman Joanne Ringer. A forensic examination led to the positive identification.

The following is our reporter Abigail Bleck's story, written Thursday before the ID of Ringer's remains was made:

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Human remains were found in Hatfield, Massachusetts Wednesday.  The person has not been identified and waiting on forensic results has been excruciating for Joanne Ringer's loved ones.

"This is such a mixed emotion.  Part of me is looking for closure and put her to rest and part of me wants to hug her and see her again," explained Ginger Plantier, Ringer's close friend, outside the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office on Thursday.

Massachusetts State Police and the Berkshire County District Attorney's office have been investigating Joanne Ringer's mysterious disappearance since March 2, 2017.  The 39-year-old's husband, Charles Reidy, is the prime suspect though he died of an apparent suicide shortly after Ringer was reported missing. Reidy's girlfriend was later arrested and charged with misleading a police officer.

"We want to bring peace to her family and put her to rest and figure out what's going on here, it's so much hurt for a lot of people," said Ted Seymour, another friend if Ringer's.

Ringer's car was found in Easthampton, MA, about 12 miles from where the human remains were located.

"We are working with the District Attorney's Office and investigators up there to determine if these are the remains of Joanne Ringer or someone else," said David Capeless, the DA in Berkshire County, during a news conference Thursday.

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Joanne's disappearance.

"I don't think it's a coincidence...(Jo's been sending us) signs and messages," added Plantier.

A vigil is planned for Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. for Ringer.  It's at the Hatfield American Legion Post #334.

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Abigail Bleck

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