DA: Massachusetts woman's disappearance a homicide

April 21, 2017 05:38 PM

PITTSFIELD, Mass. --  Laura Reilly, 42, of Easthampton, MA, was arraigned Friday morning and released on bail. She was charged with three counts of misleading a police officer. Berkshire County DA David Capeless said she either lied or kept information that affected their investigation. Reilly is the first arrest since Joanne Ringer, 39, went missing on March 2.

"We suspect foul play. We have been proceeding from the beginning as a homicide investigation," said Capeless

Ringer's husband Charles "Chad" Reidy, continues to be the prime suspect even though he died of an apparent suicide two weeks ago.

"If other people assisted him in some fashion, his guilt becomes important in that sense. He still remains a focus, whether or not he could be charged postmortem," Capeless said.

Reilly is Reidy's former girlfriend. She's only accused of lying to investigators in connection with the case. Capeless is turning to the public for more information. He's asking people to take a good look at Reilly and Reidy. Reilly drove a 1996 grey Nissan Maxima and Reidy drove a 2006 Toyota Corolla. Capeless said if anyone saw them in the area of Clarksburg, Northampton or Easthampton on March 2 or 3 to give investigators a call. He also wants the public to keep an eye out when they're out and about in the woods.

"We are not asking people to go out and search. Leave that to the professionals. But if they're going about their normal business and they notice something suspicious, please let us know about it," Capeless said.

Ringer's car was found in Easthampton four days after she disappeared. The investigation involves several police agencies. They've been combing the area in and around Clarksburg looking for Ringer.

"I'm hoping that my mom comes home alive and I get to hug her. But at the same time, I would prefer closure rather than nothing at all," said Ringer's daughter Savanah Ringer. "I'm taking it day by day. My mom always told me that I need to keep my head up and stay strong."

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