Body found in Hatfield ID’d as missing woman

  • Law enforcement officials gathered at a wooded location off Mountain Road in North Hatfield Wednesday afternoon. Human remains found there have been identified as Joanne “Jo” Ringer. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

The Berkshire Eagle
Thursday, March 01, 2018

CLARKSBURG — Nearly a year since Joanne “Jo” Ringer disappeared, investigators have found her body.

In a news release issued Thursday evening, officials from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said human remains found in Hatfield on Tuesday have been identified as Ringer. The identification was made through dental records.

Ringer, 39, was last seen March 2, 2017, when she left her Clarksburg home to start her work at an Easthampton taxi company.

She never arrived for that shift; her car was found later in Easthampton.

Her disappearance has since been declared a homicide, and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office suspects she was killed by her husband, Charles “Chad” Reidy. He took his own life April 7.

Two weeks after Reidy’s suicide, his ex-girlfriend, Laura Reilly, was charged with three counts of misleading police in their investigation. She has pleaded not guilty and faces a tentative September trial date in Berkshire Superior Court.

Reilly is accused of giving false information to investigators regarding the whereabouts of herself and Reidy in the days following Ringer’s disappearance.

Reilly’s attorney has said his client has nothing to do with Ringer’s disappearance.

A vigil and memorial service is to be held Sunday to mark the one-year mark since her disappearance. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 344 on Prospect Street in Hatfield. It was not clear late Thursday whether the service will be held.