Apparent human remains found in Hatfield, police probe woods near Whately line

  • Law enforcement officials gather at a wooded location in North Hatfield on Wednesday afternoon. Gazette photo

For the Recorder
Published: 2/28/2018 2:11:04 PM

HATFIELD — Police are investigating the discovery of apparent human remains found in the woods of Hatfield Tuesday night, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

No identification or cause of death has been determined, and the remains were turned over to the state medical examiner’s office for further investigation, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Carey said the remains were found deep in the woods. She did not elaborate on the area of town where they were located. No further updates are expected anytime soon, she said.

At the scene

A Hatfield Police cruiser blocked a side road off Mountain Road that leads into a wooded area in North Hatfield, and three other vehicles were parked at the same location for hours Wednesday. The location was about a ½-mile from the nearest building.

At one point, an unmarked truck emerged from the woods and a man in plain clothes got out and spoke with Hatfield Police before getting back in the truck and heading back up the mountain. Police left the scene around 2:30 p.m.

Family and friends of Joanne “Jo” Ringer were on scene but declined to talk. Ringer, who would have turned 40 in January, has been missing since March 2, 2017, the day she failed to show up for her first day of work as a taxi driver in Easthampton. Ringer’s husband Chad Reidy, who lived in a home with Ringer in Clarksburg, is considered the sole suspect. On April 7, Reidy was found dead inside his garage of apparent suicide.

The Berkshire district attorney’s office said Wednesday morning it was aware that human remains were found in Hatfield and had been in touch with officials in the area.

Spokesman Frederick A. Lantz said it was “much too early to make any speculation” on the identity of the remains.


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