The body of a missing mother of three has been found at a local landfill in Oneida County, New York.
On Tuesday morning, police positively identified the remains of 32-year-old Kerrilee D’Avolio, who disappeared on Saturday, reported ABC affiliate WSYR-TV.
Her husband, Jason D’Avolio, has been charged with concealment of a human corpse, and police say more charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues, according to WKTV. It is unclear if Jason has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Rome police Lt. James Boyer told the Rome Sentinel that Jason is believed to have killed Kerrilee either Sunday night or Monday morning and then disposed of her body in a dumpster. Police say Jason later visited his brother at his work with his three young children, telling his brother that Kerrilee had died by suicide, reports Syracuse.com.
“He had a conversation with a family member…it was alarming,” said Boyer.
His brother called 911 and warned police that there may have been a homicide at the couple’s home, reported WSYR-TV. Police then arrested Jason, according to the Rome Sentinel.
After conducting a search of the D’Avolio residence, officers found evidence of a “serious crime.” The weapon believed to have been used in the killing, a rifle, was also located in a nearby canal by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.
“It was a relatively new weapon, hadn’t been in the water very long,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol.
In interviews with law enforcement, Jason reportedly claimed his wife had killed herself and that her body was placed in a dumpster. Boyer, however, believes Jason is “giving various versions of events.”
At the time of Kerrilee’s death, the couple was going through a divorce. Their daughters, ages 2, 4, and 5, are safe and in the care of relatives. Boyer told the Sentinel that the children have been interviewed by a detective, but police do not know if the girls witnessed anything to do with their mother’s death.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Rome Police Department Detective Division at 315-339-7715.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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