Joanne Ringer

Mystery continues to swirl in case of missing Clarksburg woman

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CLARKSBURG — Questions still surround the apparent suicide last week of a town man whose wife has been missing for about five weeks.

Charles "Chad" Reidy, 42, was found dead in the garage of his Halls Ground Road home Friday after a family member asked authorities to conduct a well-being check.

The Berkshire District Attorney's office said Friday the circumstances at the scene led investigators to believe Reidy took his own life.

Reidy's wife, Joanne "Jo" Ringer, 39, has not been heard from since March 2, after she failed to arrive for her first shift as a taxi driver in Easthampton. Her abandoned car was found in Easthampton about four days later.

In a March 22 interview, Ringer's daughter, Savanah, said it is out of character for her mother to be out of touch with friends and family for an extended period of time and that she was upbeat about her new job.

Savanah Ringer, of Easthampton, said her mother had even encouraged her to apply with the same company.

A Facebook page established for people to post and share information has drawn the attention of nonprofit organization Halos Investigations, which is collecting tips via its anonymous hotline.

Halos case manager Rebecca Wozniak said Monday the organization was in touch with the Massachusetts State Police, which she said is asking people to not launch their own search parties or investigations into Ringer's disappearance.

Wozniak said it is still an active missing person case.

"We are very much still looking for her," Wozniak said, adding another round of flyers with Ringer's photo and contact numbers to provide information were being put up in the Clarksburg area.

Wozniak also said Ringer's two beloved English mastiff dogs, which were at the Clarksburg home, are now in the care of a family member.

The Eagle on Monday posed to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office a series of questions about Reidy's death and any possible connection to Ringer's disappearance. The DA's office declined to comment.

Messages left for Clarksburg Police Chief Michael Williams and Massachusetts State Police Detective Michelle Mason seeking more information were not returned.

"I do know that they are working very hard and they do have a lot of information that they haven't shared," Savanah Ringer told the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

She and some of Ringer's other loved ones have said they have information that has not been released to the public, but the state police have asked them to withhold those details because the missing-person investigation is still ongoing.

"I understand, but it is really frustrating because there's things that we probably could tell people that would help bring in more information," Savanah Ringer said, adding that she trusts the detective assigned to the case and has faith in the investigative process.

As the search continues, she said that Ringer's husband's family had already reached out to her, the two families drawn together by their grief and desire for answers.

"I've gotten several messages from them, and I let them know how deeply sorry I am for their loss," she said. "They're very concerned and they want to bring my mom home even more now. They've been offering me all of their support."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mason at 413-499-1112. Wozniak said people can contact Halos via its anonymous tip line, 1-803-599-HALO (4265), even if they think someone else already reported the information they have or think it's too small or insignificant to report.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.

Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Dusty Christensen contributed to this report.


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