Berkshire Superior Court grand jury indicts woman for allegedly misleading police in missing-person case

  • Laura Reilly

  • Joanne 'Jo' Ringer, pictured here, went missing on March 2.

Published: 5/30/2017 10:26:41 PM

A Berkshire Superior Court grand jury has indicted an Easthampton woman accused of misleading police in connection with a missing-person investigation.

The indictment was handed up against Laura Reilly, who faces three counts of intimidation of witnesses, jurors and persons furnishing information in connection with criminal proceedings. Prosecutors have accused Reilly of lying to police in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of Joanne “Jo” Ringer of Easthampton, who has been missing since March 2.

The indictment means that the case will now be heard in Berkshire County Superior Court, where Reilly will be arraigned on June 12 at 2 p.m.

Investigators have alleged that Reilly misled them at the behest of her ex-boyfriend, Chad Reidy, who was Ringer’s husband and is the sole suspect in what Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless has said is being considered a homicide investigation. Reidy was found dead inside his garage in Clarksburg of apparent suicide on April 7.

When reached by telephone, Reilly’s attorney, Jesse Adams, was unaware of the indictment. Further phone calls to Adams went unanswered.

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