Rose Chase, the wife of Adam Chase, who had been missing since June, was charged with second-degree murder, said Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo.
She was arraigned this morning in Canandaigua City Court, Tantillo said.
Rose Chase, of Stanley, was charged today with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Adam Chase, who had been missing since June, said Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo.
Rose, 31, was arraigned this morning in Canandaigua City Court, Tantillo said. 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.
According to investigators, Adam Chase left his home after an argument with Rose, his wife of 11 years, at approximately 11:30 a.m. June 14. He was 31 at the time of his disappearance, said Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero.
During a press conference this morning at the Ontario County Jail, Povero said that information provided by a private investigator hired by Adam’s family last night 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. The property, he said, is owned by Rose’s mother.
Povero said that remains found at the property in Potter are being examined by forensic specialists.
He said the sheriff’s office investigation led to the arrest of Rose for allegedly intentionally causing Adam’s death on or about June 14. He said investigators believe Rose transported Adam’s body to the property in Potter, and that they are investigating whether his body may have been cremated or dismembered. Povero said they believe at this time that Rose acted alone.
“We have reason to believe that death was caused by the victim being pushed down a flight of stairs,” said Tantillo.
Povero declined to comment on a possible motive for the alleged murder of Adam Chase. He said the investigation is ongoing.
Family of Adam Chase was present at the press conference, but did not comment.
After the press conference today, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike explained that Yates County officials were asked to join the investigation. Spike says a search warrant is being executed at 4675 Hagerty Road, in the town of Potter.
Officers from Yates County have been joined there by a forensic team from Buffalo that includes an anthropologist. Spike said officials have found what they believe to be human remains in and around a burn barrel at the Potter location.
Spike says the assumption is that Adam Chase was deceased before his body was transported into Yates County and his body was dismembered.
Back in July, during an interview with the Daily Messenger, Rose Chase said, "I just want to make sure he’s safe, and that he knows people miss him. We do miss him ... I just hope it ends on a happy note."