Homicide investigation continues
JERUSALEM (7/27/16)--Arrests have been made following the discovery of a dead body concealed in the woods near Adams Road in Jerusalem Wednesday, July 20. Investigation reveals the body found early Wednesday is that of missing town of Penfield man Craig Rideout, 50. The Monroe County Medical Examiner office established the cause of death as asphyxiation due to strangulation. There was ancillary blunt trauma and disfigurement as well.
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said, "The body was dragged inside a tarp from a vehicle parked along Adams Road approximately 50 feet into a wooded area and a heavy acid was poured onto the facial area." Investigators also found ancillary evidence, and a shovel nearby discarded by the perpetrators.
"We have established a time of approximately 5 a.m. that this body was placed there due to witnesses seeing two vehicles parked along the roadside," said Spike. "Investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has established the crime scene where the murder took place as the apartment of the victim in the town of Penfield."
The Monroe County Medical Examiner, using dental records for comparison verification on the identification, has made a positive identification of the victim.
According to Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, two of the victim's sons were apprehended in Mendon Ponds Park by MCSO deputies as they were discarding items into a pond. Investigation shows a linkage of the items to the victim, some items related to the acid found back at the Adams Road body location and items related to the crime scene. MCSO arrested Alexander Rideout, 19, and Colin Rideout, 22, of Perinton (sons of the victim), on charges of felony tampering with evidence. They were remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
Additional investigation led to the arrest of Laura Rideout, 45, of Perinton, for the felony charge of burglary in the second degree and tampering with evidence for her unauthorized entry into the victim's apartment, tampering with items at a crime scene. Investigation shows she concealed and/or destroyed blood evidence and other evidentiary items to hinder prosecution. She was committed to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
Law enforcement is still seeking to locate Craig Rideout's 2010 grey Honda Odyssey bearing New York plate CTR-2094. "We are certain that this is one of the vehicles at the Adams road crime scene," said Spike.
Investigation remains ongoing, with Yates County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) and New York State Police (NYSP) assisting the MCSO investigators. Other details and leads cannot be discussed at this time.
"This investigation has required considerable resources, coordination and cooperation of police agencies and I thank the members of the YCSO for all their dedicated police work, as well as the professional assistance given by the NYSP and the MCSO," said Spike.