Police this weekend continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Adam Chase, of Stanley. His wife of 11 years, Rose Chase, was charged Friday with second-degree murder for “intentionally causing the death” of Mr. Chase, according to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.
Police this weekend continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Adam Chase, of Stanley.
Mr. Chase was reported missing June 15 by his mother, Silvia. His wife of 11 years, Rose Chase, was charged Friday with second-degree murder for “intentionally causing the death” of Mr. Chase, according to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.
Povero said Saturday that investigators have completed their searches of the Chase home on Mott Road, as well as at another property in Potter, and forensic experts are continuing to examine remains found at the second location.
“We’ll go on until we have exhausted all the information relevant to the homicide that needs following,” Povero said.
‘Without his father’
Mr. Chase, 31, was a Marcus Whitman graduate who spent his entire life in the Gorham area, said Povero.
Marcus Whitman Superintendent Michael Chirco said the community offers its support to Mr. Chase’s family, adding that Mr. Chase’s mother, Silvia, is a cook at Gorham Elementary School.
“The entire last six months, what the family has gone through is disturbing, to say the least,” said Chirco. “(Silvia) has held up remarkably under the strain she’s been under for months and months. ... The school community is supportive of her. We’ll do our best to support everyone involved.”
Povero added, “The Ontario County Office of the Sheriff extends sincere condolences to the Chase family, who has lost a son, brother, grandson and nephew. We are also saddened that the 4-year-old son of Adam and Rose Chase will grow up without his father and, most likely, without his mother.”
Mr. Chase’s disappearance had been previously treated as a missing-person case by the sheriff’s office, although family members, including his mother and sister Jessica, said they suspected foul play.
“To be honest, I don’t think he’s around here,” Silvia said in November. “To say he’s just missing, I don’t believe it. I believe there is foul play involved.”
Povero said information provided Thursday by a private investigator hired by Mr. Chase’s family led the sheriff’s office to search Adam and Rose’s Mott Road home, as well as the property at 4675 Hagerty Road in Potter, Yates County. Povero said that remains found at the property in Potter, which is owned by Rose’s mother, are being examined by forensic specialists.
"As soon as we had the factual information to support that there was a crime, we acted on it, and an arrest was made," said Povero.
Povero said the investigation indicates Rose allegedly pushed Mr. Chase down two flights of stairs at their residence on or about June 14, and that she transported his dismembered body to the property in Potter. The sheriff’s office is investigating whether Mr. Chase’s body may have also been cremated, Povero said.
Page 2 of 2 - According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, investigators were joined at the property in Potter by a forensic team from Buffalo. He said officials have found what they believe to be human remains in and around a burn barrel on the property.
Povero added that investigators believe that three text messages sent from Mr. Chase’s phone to his family members indicating he was OK on June 19 from the Canandaigua area were sent by Rose.
Povero declined to comment on a possible motive for the alleged murder of Mr. Chase, but said that at this time, investigators believe Rose acted alone.
Rose, 31, was arraigned Friday in Canandaigua City Court, said Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo. She is being held at the Ontario County Jail without bail and is due back in court on Wednesday, Dec. 19, for a preliminary hearing.
Adam and Rose’s son is in the care of the Department of Social Services, said Povero.
—Includes reporting by Gwen Chamberlain