Joanne Ringer case being investigated as homicide

Main suspect is dead, woman now charged with misleading investigators

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless said they’re investigating the disappearance of Joanne Ringer as a homicide, but the man who they believe to be the main suspect is now dead. An ex-girlfriend of that suspect is now charged in connection to the case.

Ringer, 39, was last seen at her home on Hall’s Ground Road in Clarksburg on March 2nd. Capeless said she had been scheduled to take a new job with a cab company in Easthampton, but she never showed up. Her 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was discovered on Exeter Street in Easthampton four days later.

Capeless said Ringer made no contact with her loved ones, including her 19-year-old daughter, and the circumstances of the case lead them to believe it was a homicide. He said her husband, 42-year-old Charles “Chad” Reidy, was the only suspect in the investigation.

However, Reidy was found dead inside the garage of the couple’s home on April 7th. Fred Lantz, spokesperson for the Berkshire County DA’s office, said investigators believe Reidy committed suicide, based on the evidence.

On Friday, Capeless said an ex-girlfriend of Reidy, Laura Reilly of Easthampton, was arrested and charged with three counts of misleading investigators. She was arraigned at Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams, and her bail was set at $1,500.

Capeless said searches around the couple’s home are likely to continue, and they’re encouraging members of the public to come forward with any information they have which may help in the investigation into the case. Particularly, if you saw Ringer, Reidy, or Reilly, or any of their vehicles around the time of Ringer’s disappearance. (Photos of the three, as well as their vehicles, are included below)

If you know or have found anything, you are asked to call state troopers assigned to the Berkshire DA’s office at 413-499-1112.